From The CEO

A Catalyst For Agricultural Change

Dear Friend,

2017 was a year of unprecedented “natural” disasters – city-leveling hurricanes and storm surges, farm-destroying wild fires, earthquakes, climate refugees. Climate change is upon us, and farmers are on the front lines of confronting it.

We know that agriculture can help mitigate and protect against climate change’s effects, and at Stone Barns we are working to build a sustainable food system that is both resilient in the face of these challenges and makes strides to fend off further destruction of our environment and communities. This work goes hand in hard with giving the next generation of farmers and eaters the tools and knowledge they need to build a better system.

Stone Barns’ mission to change the way America eats and farms is squarely positioned to help address some of the most urgent crises of our time. By demonstrating resilient agriculture, training young farmers, fostering a farm-centric food culture, and activating the next generation of food citizens, we are changing the conversation about the promise and potential of regenerative agriculture. There has never been a more critical time to invest in this work.

We are excited to share 2017’s accomplishments with you here in our Annual Report. In 2017, we published our first book, Letters to a Young Farmer. We launched our first national teacher training program, as well as the first year of the Stone Barns Exchange Fellowship. And our farm operation continued to lead the way on agroecology, from saving 100,000 pounds of food from landfills to feed our waste-fed pigs, to developing and improving tools for small farmers, to testing 100 varieties of vegetables that aren’t yet commercially available.

We are deeply grateful to all of our members and donors for your ongoing support of this mission and work. We could not do this without you.

Stone Barns’ mission...is squarely positioned to help address some of the most urgent crises of our time.

Jill Isenbarger, CEO


Education & Innovation

Year In Review

Growth At The Farm

Hear from Our Food Citizens

“The Stone Barns high school education program propelled me not only to pursue Food Studies as an undergraduate, but also to search for an answer to the following question: how can we create a viable, sufficient, and sustainable agricultural food system for the future?”

Michelle Wong

Food Ed. Alumna

“We have had the opportunity not only to see our family grow and learn by visiting Stone Barns, but also to watch the organization bloom as its roots grow deeper. Every time we walk the grounds we discover something new. We love supporting Stone Barns’ programming and its impact on the community and farming standards.”

Elena Wolfe

Seedling Member

“We believe that Stone Barns’ leadership is essential to enabling farmers, scientists, and others to bring about a more sustainable, healthier food system. The Friends Circle enables us to support Stone Barns at a higher level and provides us with more opportunities to learn about and become involved with its compelling work.”

Linnet Tse and John Forsyth

Friends Circle Members

“After being at Stone Barns and working there, it made me view planning in a whole different light. I spent many weeks on the land without even touching a tool. Just reading the land, watching the weather, seeing where the rain pooled. Leaning into what the space is asking for and working from that rather than your vision. Ultimately it is so out of our control as farmers. We are the steward and the messenger, and the land makes more decisions than we ever could.”

Hannah Flood

Former Stone Barns Apprentice

“10 years on, we love Stone Barns as much as we did when we first joined with young toddlers in tow. It’s unlike anyplace else in Westchester. The wide range of programming for everyone from kids to adults, the farm fresh air, and the wonderful team make visiting a joyful and educational experience.”

Olga and Vadim Aleshina

Seedling Members

Remembering David Rockefeller

In 2017 we lost our founder, David Rockefeller, at the age of 101. We are honored to continue his legacy and vision through our work to connect people to the land.
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Board And Financials

Our Board Of Directors

Focused on amplifying the impact of public, education and training programs to create a healthy and sustainable food system that supports us all.

Peggy Dulany

Board Chair

Fred Kirschenmann

President Emeritus

Lorna Davis




  • Anonymous
  • Peggy Dulany
  • Larry and Victoria Lunt
  • NoVo Foundation
  • The Estate of David Rockefeller
  • Tull Family Foundation
  • Unilever
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program


  • The Fine and Greenwald Foundation, Inc.
  • John P. and Constance A. Curran Charitable Foundation
  • David Lyons
  • Newman's Own Foundation
  • Rabobank


  • Anonymous (2)
  • The Russell Berrie Foundation
  • Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
  • Lisina M. Hoch
  • Lesley and Bill King
  • The Mailman Foundation
  • Sunrise Strategic Partners
  • Susan and David Rockefeller

Our 2017 Financials

2017 income


All numbers in thousands. These numbers are based on audited financials and exclude a $30 million bequest for endowment.

2017 expenses


All numbers in thousands. These numbers are based on audited financials.

Statement of Financial Position

Total Assets


Total Liabilities


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Unrestricted Assets


Total Net Assets


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