Ryan Martens is the Livestock Director at Stone Barns Center. He was born and raised near the Hudson Valley, where he owned and operated a regenerative grazing operation prior to arriving at Stone Barns Center. Employing methods of holistic management on the farm, he believes that livestock and grasslands are intrinsically linked and hold the key to restoring ecological balance and healing our local food systems.
Prior to raising livestock, Ryan worked extensively in northern New Jersey on various farms and ecological restoration projects. His passion for soil, flora, and fauna have kept him anchored to the greater Hudson Valley region, where he believes environmental stewardship plays a vital role in an increasingly urban landscape.
On the side, Ryan is a husband and Christian. He enjoys climbing, hiking, and studying classical philosophy and theology.