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Stone Barns Summer Institute Teaches Sustainability to Teens: Changing the way America farms and eats by promoting sustainable agriculture and food choices.

Stone Barns’ Summer Institute

Registration is now open for the Summer Institute at Stone Barns Center, which is changing the way America farms and eats by promoting sustainable agriculture and food choices.

The Summer Institute is a two-week program for rising high school juniors and seniors. During this program, they learn about sustainable agriculture from farmers and farm apprentices, and explore sustainable farming practices like beekeeping, grazing, mushroom inoculation, seed saving, and cooking with produce they harvest.

The Institute is open to all interested students, regardless of their ability to pay. Full scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch, and additional financial aid may be available.

“With this program, we’re focused on working with those who will have the greatest impact on our food system going forward, and there is no more important group to engage with than high schoolers,” says Jill Isenbarger, CEO of Stone Barns Center. “We believe it’s critical to give students a tool kit for making healthy choices for themselves and the environment. By educating the next generation of food citizens and giving them a farm-focused educational experience, we hope to shift their thinking about the role they and their communities play in bringing about a better food system for us all.”

Stone Barns Center has the goal of changing America’s unsustainable food system by training young farmers, demonstrating resilient farming on their own farm in Pocantico Hills, and educating “food citizens” who feel a deep connection to food and farming.

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