“Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming and Our Future” is an anthology of letters and essays addressed to beginning farmers, but with lessons for all who seek a new American food system. The book was organized by the Stone Barns Center in rural New York state, with contributions from 36 farmers, ranchers, writers, chefs, and other leaders, including Wes Jackson, Mas Masumoto, Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Eliot Coleman, Amigo Bob Cantisano, and Bill McKibben. This session will feature three of the book's contributors as they explore the book's main themes, advice, and issues, in open conversation with the audience.
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
C | 3:30 pm
White Oak Pastures
TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation, Left Coast Grassfed
Third and now fourth generation farmers, David and his daughter Nikiko Masumoto grow organic peaches, nectarines, and raisins on an 80 acre farm south of Fresno, Calif. David is the author of nine books including: Epitaph for a Peach, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Heirlooms,Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, Country Voices, and Silent Strength. He, his wife Marcy, and Nikiko, published a family farm cookbook, The Perfect Peach in 2013. Masumoto received the “Award of Distinction” from UC Davis in 2003, the California Central Valley “Excellence in Business” Award in 2007, and EcoFarm's own Steward of Sustainable Agriculture "Sustie" Award in 2008! Nikiko is a passionate farmer and artist. Here is a link to her powerful speech at Tedx Manhattan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAAIYFfvR9k.