The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture has a lofty mission: to change the food system. It's an idyllic 400 acre farming property just north of New York City. It features an on-site, partner restaurant called Blue Hill, which has been made famous by chef Dan Barber and his book The Third Plate. Stone Barns also runs education programs and regenerative agriculture trials in crops and livestock, and welcomes the public to watch how it's all done.
Jason Grauer is their Crops Director. He left his career in asset management to follow his passion for what he calls "soil-based" agriculture. His research focuses on seed genetics and organic seed trials to improve soil health, biodiversity, and taste. But how can a small, non-profit farm influence practices in large, commercial farms, let alone the entire food system?
In this episode, Jason talks about:
•How he managed the transition from asset management to regenerative farming
•The importance of seed genetics and the creation of a digital seed database
•The experiments Stone Barns is running to make a difference to the broader food system
For more from Jason and our insights from this episode, check out our website.
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