Currently, only 6 percent of farmers in the United States are under the age of 35, and the number of farmers and ranchers across the country is declining.
Increasing the number of beginning farmers successfully practicing resilient agriculture lies at the heart of Stone Barns Center’s mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system.
The Growing Farmers Initiative is our comprehensive program to help beginning farmers get the training, resources and guidance to create economically and ecologically resilient farm enterprises. We give them the knowledge and hands-on experience to grow delicious, nutritious food and to become responsible stewards of the land. Together with partners, we seek to remove the barriers that stand in the way of their success, whether those be access to land, prohibitive capital costs, or marketing and distribution challenges.
Each year, we welcome to the farm 8 - 12 aspiring farmers who come to receive hands-on training and education in diversified, resilient farming practices. 2/3 of our former apprentices are active in agriculture today. Learn more about some of them here.
Young Farmers Conference
This annual conference, held in early December, draws together more than 250 new and aspiring farmers from more than 30 states.
Each year, hundreds of beginning farmers participate in our technical workshops, which range from beekeeping to engine repair and crop-rotation planning.
The Virtual Grange
To help reach and connect more beginning farmers across the country, we launched the Virtual Grange in 2012. More than 64,000 unique visitors have used the site.
STONE BARNS CENTER’S GROWING FARMERS INITIATIVE PROGRAMS ARE PRESENTED WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:
Clif Bar Family Foundation
Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Wallace Genetic Foundation