The Kirschenmann Lecture

The Kirschenmann Lecture

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture launched the Kirschenmann Lecture in 2015 in honor of trail-blazing sustainable farming leader Fred Kirschenmann, our Board president.

The annual lecture is dedicated to exploring ideas and issues important to the future of food and agriculture, and celebrates Fred’s work and influence on sustainable agriculture.

2019 Kirschenmann Lecture

How Big Food Can Drive Big Change: Scaling Regenerative Agriculture for Everyone
Stone Barns Center was honored to welcome Shauna Sadowski to deliver the 2019 Kirschenmann Lecture.
With 1/3 of global greenhouse emissions coming from the food sector, it is vital that everyone—large companies, small businesses, farmers, consumers—encourage better practices to move the needle on climate change. This year’s Kirschenmann lecturer Shauna Sadowski discussed how companies like General Mills can play a role in elevating the importance of regenerative agricultural practices, and prioritize improved soil health, biodiversity, and economic resilience in farming communities. Watch here:

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2018 Kirschenmann Lecture

We were honored to welcome Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a dedicated advocate for young farmers and sustainable farming, as the speaker for our 2018 Kirschenmann Lecture.
Rep. Pingree discussed the urgent need for change in our food system, particularly at the federal level as directed by the Farm Bill, which is up for reauthorization this year. She spoke passionately about the importance of federal policy that supports young farmers, invests in conservation and sustainability and reduces food waste. Watch here:

2017 Kirschenmann Lecture
The 2017 Kirschenmann Lecture was given by Ricardo Salvador, senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit science advocacy organization. Watch a video of his talk here.


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