Stone Barns Center is anchored by the need for communities, artisans, and producers to be inspired by complex collaborative food system models. Since 2004, we have worked to create a more open and responsible food economy by connecting farmers, chefs, academics, and makers with a common goal. In a changing social and environmental climate, small, diverse, and direct-market farms have the power to catalyze a new way of eating that centers ecology and community wellbeing to drive fundamental change in the food system. Restoring health, beauty, and creativity to our communities and business starts with our agricultural connection. Jack Algiere will share practical examples of innovations, collaboration and lessons learned from 15 years of ecological farming and community building at Stone Barns.