Born on a North Dakota farm during the Great Depression and in the grips of the worst drought in U.S. history, Fred Kirschenmann has spent most of his life working to change how we farm, as well as our relationship to the land.

For more than four decades, Fred has been a champion of agricultural resilience, an articulate advocate for soil health and a pioneer of organic farming. His work has helped transform what was once obscure and marginal work—resilient, sustainable agriculture focused on the health and restoration of the soil—into an international movement.

Bio 

January 2012 TEDx talk

The Kirschenmann Lecture at Stone Barns

7 Questions with Fred Kirschenmann

Interview: National Geographic’s The Plate, spring 2015

Leopold Center columns and other essays