Like Farmers, Only Younger

Quivira Coalition New Agrarians Conference

When is the last time you met a farmer? Did you happen to notice how old that farmer was? It's an unfortunate fact that in the United States farmers are generally an old and aging group. Given that without farmers we wouldn't have food it is important that more young folks start working in agriculture. The Quivira Coalition has dedicated their 10th annual conference to these new agrarians. If you would like to meet a young farmer, here is a great opportunity.

What: The Quivira Coalition's 10th Anniversary Conference - New Agrarians
When: Tuesday thru Thursday - November 8-10
Where: The Embassy Suites Hotel 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM
Tickets: Online Registration


What: SFAI Fundraiser with Bill McKibben
When: Wednesday, November 9th @ 7pm
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM
Tickets: $25-$100 through

'Across the nation, a new agrarian movement, centered on food and land health, is growing into a dynamic force. Led by youth (including the young-at-heart) and their mentors, this burgeoning movement is tackling some of the most daunting challenges of our time: food security, land restoration, conservation, climate adaptation, and sustainable prosperity. In the process, they are overturning traditional paradigms of conservation and agriculture. In this Conference we will hear from a wide variety of new farm, ranch and conservation leaders and their innovative, hands-on ideas and practices that are changing the way we look at the land, our water, and ourselves.'
  - Courtney White, Executive Director Quivira Coalition

Conference Speakers:

  • Bill McKibben - author and environmentalist - Vermont
  • Bill deBuys - author and conservationist - El Valle, New Mexico
  • Deborah Madison - chef and author - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Miguel Santistevan - farmer and educator - Taos, New Mexico
  • Jim Gerrish - American GrazingLands Services - May, Idaho

Young Agrarian Speakers:

  • Bryce Andrews - Ranchlands Program Manager - Montana
  • Dorn Cox - Tuckaway Farms - Lee, New Hampshire
  • Ben Forsyth - Manager, Three Rivers Station - Meekatharra, Western Australia
  • Jeff Gossage - Ranch Operations Manager Zapata Ranch - Mosca, Colorado
  • Tyffany Herrera - Erosion Control Crew Leader - Ojo Encino Chapter of the Navajo Nation, New Mexico
  • Lilian Hill - Hopi Tutswka Permaculture - Kykotsmovi, Hopi Nation, Arizona
  • Laura Hoffman - Quivira CARLY apprentice on the 47 Ranch - Cochise County, Arizona
  • Sarahlee Lawrence - Rainshadow Organics - fifteen miles Northeast of Sisters, Oregon
  • Nikiko Masumoto - Masumoto Family Farm - south of Fresno, California
  • Jo Myers - Quivira CARLY apprentice at the James Ranch - Durango, Colorado
  • Annie Novak - Growing Chefs - Brooklyn, New York
  • Timothy Prow - Quivira CARLY apprentice on the 47 Ranch - Cochise County, Arizona
  • Amber Reed - Past Quivira CARLY apprentice - Fairfield, Vermont
  • Sam Ryerson - Past Quivira CARLY apprentice on the San Juan Ranch
  • Rochelle Vandever - Hasbidito Youth Advisory Council - Ojo Encino Chapter of the Navajo Nation, New Mexico
  • Hai Vo - co-founded the Real Food Challenge - Irvine, California
  • Severine von Tscharner Fleming - director, provisional producer, agrarian of The Greenhorns - Hudson Valley, New York
  • Katie Wallace - Sustainability Specialist, New Belgium Brewing Company - Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Amy Wright - Quivira CARLY apprentice on San Juan Ranch - Saguache, Colorado

More Info:

2007 Census of Agriculture - Farmers by Age

National Young Farmers Coalition

Quivira Coalition New Agrarians Conference

SFAI Fundraiser with Bill McKibben