EPA Gives a Nod to Collaborative Grazing

Citing our work as an “environmental trailblazer,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Stone Barns Center and the Rockefeller State Park Preserve its Environmental Champion Award in April. The reason for the award—one of 25 bestowed on individuals and organizations across New York state—was the innovative grazing partnership we launched together last summer, in which Stone Barns sheep and goats are on loan to manage the grasses and invasive plants at the nearby preserve in Pocantico Hills.

 “These New Yorkers work tirelessly to protect human health and the environment, inspiring us all to strive for a more sustainable future,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck, who presented the award to Jill Isenbarger and Susan Antenen, directors of Stone Barns and the preserve, respectively, in a ceremony at EPA offices in Manhattan on April 24.

The grazing experiment continues this season, with our new—and newly shorn— flock of Tunis sheep taking their turn, after the goats, on the lush uplands of the Rockwood Hall section of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve later in May. We encourage visitors to come check out the animals in action. In July, after lamb-weaning, we’ll rotate the Finn-Dorset ewes onto the Rockwood Hall land.