The Farm Systems Intensive is a 10-day program that explores the agroecological practices that will help beginning farmers learn and establish regenerative practices. Workshops cannot be attended individually, but are available as a complete curriculum, or as crops-only or livestock-only sessions. Explore the full curriculum here.
Agroecological Land Stewardship: Environment and Conservation Ethics in Farming
Stone Barns Center uses resilient, regenerative farming practices to grow seasonal, regionally appropriate food. Highly integrated methods of composting and crop and animal rotations enrich soils and their ability to produce nutritious food. These methods contribute to a dynamic, self-renewing system of farming that doesn’t need chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other artificial inputs. Stone Barns Center’s Farm Director Jack Algiere will discuss the agroecological practices that focus on deep engagement with natural cycles grounded in practical application. This workshop will also cover how a growing number of land trusts and protected State and NGO lands offer unique opportunities for collaboration that supports regenerative farming while also furthering ongoing conservation goals.
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity of experience in greenhouses, orchards, fields and pastures. At Stone Barns Center, Jack oversees the extensive and diverse farming operations, integrating multispecies pastured livestock, grains, field crops, greenhouse, fruit, flowers and compost in a four-season agroecological system. He also oversees the greater public and wild landscape as elements of the whole farm system. Jack is a leader in the farm’s innovation programs and is integrally involved in training beginning farmers.