The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition is excited to partner with the Stone Barns Center to take a group of Montana young farmers to the Young Farmers Conference, December 5-7, 2018 in Pocantico Hills New York.

Who SHould Apply?

CFAC will be selecting 5 young farmers for the conference scholarship. Remember that “young farmer” relates to agriculture as a whole, where the average farmer is age 59, and in this case the term is used to also refer to the age of a farmer’s operation.

The scholarship targets producers who identify as underserved or have been at a disadvantage because of disparities for reasons of race, religion, language group or social status, and that would not have been able to attend the conference otherwise. This group will represent Montana’s local, diversified farms at the conference and share what they learn with their communities. The terms “underserved” and “socially disadvantaged” are relative and subjective and you may be unsure if you qualify. We do not have a specific definition of these terms and will consider applicants on a case by case basis. If you are unsure if you qualify due to age or social status, we encourage you to apply so that we can select from the broadest pool of applicants.

Young Farmers Conference 2018

December 5-7, Stone Barns Center, Pocantico Hills, NY

The Young Farmers Conference is a gathering of 250 of the most promising beginning farmers from across the country. Over the course of three days, attendees choose from over 60 workshops, attend keynote addresses given by agricultural luminaries, and network with peers and mentors over farm-fresh meals – building community the can work with and depend upon as they grow their farm enterprises in the seasons to come.

The 2018 Conference will be held at the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, New York from December 5-7. Presenters will most likely include:

For more information about the Young Farmers Conference, please explore the site for the 2017 Young Farmers Conference.

Stone Barns Center

Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns in Westchester, New York (Photo by Ben Hider)

Stone Barns Center is working to create a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to sustain healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem. In their quest to transform the way America eats and farms, they train farmers, educate food citizens, convene change-makers, and develop agroecological farming practices. They believe that good food, grown well, can change the world. In their mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits all, they use their farm ecosystem as a living laboratory where they innovate, discover, learn and share ways of producing nutritious food in harmony with nature.

Scholarship Details

The scholarship covers the cost of a ticket to the conference, housing, meals, and a partial transportation reimbursement. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for additional costs and encouraged to participate in a fundraising effort to reduce the cost of participation as much as possible. CFAC will coordinate fundraising and have more information after the group has been selected. Our goal is to make this trip free for the participating farmers!

How to Apply

We are seeking a group of farmers that will be good representatives of Montana’s local, diversified farms. Participants will commit to attend all three days of the conference, share a hotel room with another attendee, and participate in a fundraising effort to reduce the cost of participation as much as possible.

To apply, fill out the application formĀ completely by 12:00 midnight on Monday May, 21st. Participants will be selected and sign participation agreements by June 10th.