Stone Barns Center Announces New Summer Program for High School Students | Greenwich Moms

This summer, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will introduce the Stone Barns Summer Institute—a series of two-week intensives designed for rising high school juniors and seniors. Based on the Center’s semester-long high school curriculum, which explores environment, culture and justice through the lens of food, the Stone Barns Summer Institute will help students discover why food matters through in- depth, hands-on experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Registration is open!
This new summer offering is part of a broader shift in Stone Barns Center’s education programs toward working primarily with high school students. At this age, young adults are making more independent food choices while also developing a social conscience. To better engage this receptive audience, the Center is aligning its education work around high school students.
Summer Institute participants will divide their days among the seminar room, the farm and the kitchen. Working mostly in groups of ten, they will read about, reflect upon and discuss issues of contemporary importance, including soil health, the inequality of food access and the role of food in defining communities. Activities on the farm and in the kitchen will deepen students’ engagement with the day’s themes. Beekeeping, seed breeding, livestock farming, composting—all aspects of sustainable agriculture will be explored through hands-on activities with expert farmers. In daily cooking labs featuring seasonal produce from the farm, students will build confidence in the kitchen, learning skills from baking to fermenting. At least once during the program, participants will have the opportunity to cook in the kitchen of Stone Barns Center’s partner restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Participants will leave the Stone Barns Summer Institute with new skills and knowledge, understanding why food matters—to individuals, to our communities and to the world.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit organization on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system. We are working to create a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to sustain healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem. In our quest to transform the way America eats and farms, we train farmers, educate food citizens, convene changemakers, and develop agroecological farming practices. To learn more, visit
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