Jack Algiere is Director of Agroecology at Stone Barns Center. As our organization’s first official employee back in 2003, he brought a critical skill set in diversified, regenerative farm practice to the Stone Barns landscape. Since then, he has built an integrated farming operation rooted in land stewardship, innovation and community, which also serves as a training campus for young farmers, chefs, changemakers and the public.
Jack has been actively farming for more than two decades and has trained a generation of young farmers in organic and biodynamic farming practices. He oversees the extensive farming operations at Stone Barns, integrating a holistic farm team that works together on multispecies grassfed livestock, grains, field crops, greenhouse, fruit, flowers, wild landscapes and compost in a four-season regenerative system. Jack leads our programming in innovative tool design, breeding and monitoring work that supports the efforts of small- and mid-size farmers, and was part of the core team that developed the Conservation Action Plan that led to our management of 350 acres of public lands in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. He is a frequent public speaker and has appeared at food and farming conferences and summits across the country. He holds a B.S. in horticulture from the University of Rhode Island.
On the side: With his wife and fellow farmer, Shannon, Jack has two farm-raised sons. He is a lifelong musician and a commissioner of his local volunteer fire department, and has served on several boards of agricultural organizations including Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Dutchess/Putnam/Westchester (NY) Farm Bureau.
Photo by Ben Hider