The Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship (RFF)* launched in 2019 to support farmers in their transition to regenerative farming practices. The program’s peer cohort model fosters participants’ development as both practitioners and ambassadors of regenerative farming. For the program this year, grain farmers who would benefit from a deeper understanding of Midwest and Northeast regional grain models are invited to apply. By supporting two regional cohorts of farmers working with similar crops, we hope to facilitate a transition to regenerative practices by farmers across these regions whose actions will significantly improve the health of farmland and local communities.
Grain growers in the United States face many challenges. Transitioning acreage into regenerative practices is critical to helping farmers improve their farm viability while caring for soils and farmland, but that transition will remain out of reach if it is attempted in isolation. In order for this transition to be economically–and therefore practically–feasible for farmers, we must also address the lack of market demand for ecologically grown grains and strong regional supply chains to help usher in regenerative systems.
RFF brings together growers, processors, local and federal policy experts, and market specialists to help guide participants toward success. At the end of the Regenerative Farming Fellowship, participants will have gained the tools and support necessary to propel their regenerative businesses towards success, while learning how to model and advocate for regenerative farming in their communities and beyond. Fellows will enjoy rich, in-depth content including:
- Network connections and access to new partnerships through workshops and seminars with experts and thought-leaders in regenerative grain business and regenerative agricultural practices
- Trainings on federal and state policy mechanisms and concrete regional avenues for political advocacy work
- Peer-to-peer exchange with a cohort farmers facing similar challenges and opportunities
- A needs assessment and one-on-one technical mentorship during and after the fellowship program (for up to one year following program completion)
All programming will take place remotely.
Farmers who will benefit most from RFF meet the following criteria:
- Have been a farm owner, operator, manager or in a leadership position for 2-10 years
- Produce grains
- Seek a deeper understanding of Midwest and Northeast regional grain models; the organizations leading this fellowship are grounded in the Midwest and Northeast, but farming in this region is not a requirement
- Plan to transition operations to more regenerative practices
- October 15: Application deadline
- November 13: Participants selected
- December 8-10: Young Farmers and Cooks Conference (virtual)
- January 2021 – April 2021: eight two-hour virtual workshops and seminars and one full-day, deep-dive intensive workshops – all featuring peer exchange and expert advice and training
- April 2021 – December 2021: Mentorship program including individualized technical training
Up to 10 applicants will be selected for the 2020 Regenerative Farming Fellowship cohort. Participants will receive a $3,000 stipend.
The 2020 Regenerative Farming Fellowship is developed and programmed by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in partnership with the Northeast Grainshed, the Artisan Grain Collaborative and Arizona State University, with generous support from the General Mills Foundation.
Stone Barns Center is committed to equity and inclusion throughout every aspect of our work and team. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
If you have additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914.366.6200 x134.
*In our usage, “regenerative” is a generalized term for agricultural approaches that prioritize the health and vitality of soil, ecosystems, plants, livestock, wildlife, and ultimately farmers and communities. Although this approach has received acclaim and renewed attention in recent years, the techniques that guide regenerative farming practices have foundations in global Indigenous agricultural traditions. We acknowledge the land stewards who developed and have worked tirelessly to preserve these traditions for generations despite centuries of oppression.