The Kirschenmann Lecture

We launched the Kirschenmann Lecture in June 2015 to honor our board president Fred Kirschenmann, to mark his 80th year and to celebrate his influence on sustainable agriculture.

This annual event is dedicated to exploring ideas and issues important to the future of food and agriculture, and celebrates the work and influence of Fred Kirschenmann.

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For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Neil at or 914 366 6200 x160.

Read our Q&A with 2016 guest speaker Dr. Daphne Miller, a practicing family physician, author and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco. Her writings and profiles can be found in many publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times and Harvard Medicine magazine. She is an internationally recognized speaker in the emerging field of health ecology and the author of Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (Harper Collins 2013), among other books.

Wendell Berry, the poet, writer, activist and Fred’s long-time friend, was the first guest speaker in June 2015. Watch his lecture here: