The Growing Farmers Initiative offers workshops for farmers throughout the year. Whether you’re just starting out, or are an established producer looking to sharpen certain skills, these workshops will introduce you to new methods, connect you with agricultural expertise from all over the country, and help you troubleshoot with an ever-growing network of program alumni. Join us and hone your knowledge – from animal health to greenhouse management – and everything in between.
2019 Growing Farmer Workshop Schedule
November – Farm Viability Series
Please join us for a comprehensive week of Growing Farmer workshops and guest speakers focusing on topics of farm viability. The arc of this series will provide beginning farmers with a tool kit of resources and tips for starting a farm. We’ll hear directly from experienced farmers, business consultants, loan officers, and land consultants in lecture format with time for Q&A. Workshops are available as a complete curriculum or in individual sessions.
October 31 – Pasture Management
October 3 – Food Justice and Ending Racism in the Food System
Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm
August 8 – Insect and Disease Management in Organic Vegetable Production
Abby Seaman, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
June 13 – Agroforestry and Silvopasture
Connor Stedman, AppleSeed Permaculture and Terra Genesis International
Farm Systems Intensive
The Farm Systems Intensive explores the ecological thinking that will help beginning farmers learn and establish regenerative practices. Workshops will be taught by Stone Barns farmers and special guests. Workshops are available as a complete curriculum, or as crops-only or livestock-only sessions.
Stone Barns Center Apprenticeship
Growing farmers passionate about developing their career can apply for a unique and immersive full-season production experience at Stone Barns Center. A key component of this hands-on program is the curriculum of classes and workshops in addition to the workshops available to the public.
Learn more about the Stone Barns Apprenticeship Program.
The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (C.R.A.F.T.) for the Mid-Hudson area shares complementary training opportunities and organizes on-farm tours or demonstrations. Stone Barns Center is a participating host farm and includes this program in the Stone Barns Apprentice experience. Check out the 2019 schedule and start planning your season. Learn more about the Mid-Hudson CRAFT.