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Programs

JOIN US AT STONE BARNS CENTER

Clear your calendar—this summer we’re introducing a whole new slate of programming! Get involved in the work of our farmers and artisans in collaboration with Blue Hill’s chefs, bakers, fermenters and butchers. Join us in the research and development that goes into our shared vision for the future of food:

  • Tours and tastings in our Innovation Labs, greenhouse, and growing spaces led by Stone Barns farmers and Blue Hill cooks
  • In-person and virtual cooking classes, butchery demonstrations, and botanical beverage courses
  • Vegetable tastings alongside farmers and chefs to evaluate the seed varieties we are growing this season
  • Family field trips that inspire children to explore the abundance in our fields and woodlands
  • Eco Hikes and Summer Night walks harnessing our landscapes as the ultimate teaching tool
  • Seasonal farming and gardening classes led by staff experts and guest artisans

All experiences except breakfast and weekday on-site parking require reservations.

Stone Barns Center Parking PassParking passes are required on weekends only. Visit the farm during our open hours 10 am–5pm, and explore at your leisure. View our Map Your Visit page to download maps and self-guided tours. Members may park on campus for free. 

Coffee and Light Breakfast
Our farm-centered Cafeteria is open to the public for coffee and light breakfast (fresh breads, yogurt, granola, local fruits) beginning at 10am Wednesdays through Sundays.

Explore: The Innovation Labs and The Farm
Discover the connection between healthy soil and delicious food through the Stone Barns Center Innovation Labs dedicated to milling, baking, butchery, preservation, arts & ecology and more. These tours are led by a Stone Barns farmer and Blue Hill cook and feature some small bites.

Tasting Evaluations
Explore Stone Barns Center’s growing spaces and Innovation Labs through a focus on seed: developing new varieties, tasting the finest specimens, and selecting seeds for a more flavorful and resilient food future. Test vegetables alongside farmers, Blue Hill chefs, and seeding breeding experts. Tasting evaluations take place one Saturday a month.

Farm & Garden Workshops
Formalized education and training on agricultural systems and practices. Participants will have the opportunity to learn applied skills from our crops and livestock experts across a range of subjects such as pruning and trellising, plant breeding, crop rotations, and grassland herbivores. The one-hour workshops take place on select Wednesdays at 5pm.

Guest Artisan Workshops
Stone Barns Center’s Arts & Ecology Lab accelerates change in regional farm systems by collaborating with and supporting artisans whose work and materials highlight the links between craft and farm sustainability. Join us for monthly workshops showcasing skills such as flower arranging, leatherworking, botanical dyeing, and coiled basketry. The two-hour workshops take place on select Wednesdays at 6pm.

Eco Hikes
Join the Ecology team for a morning walk through the Rockefeller State Park Preserve ecosystem. We will focus on the bird life in and around our grassland ecosystem, particularly on the birds that nest in the grasslands, like bobolinks and savannah sparrows. We’ll also see eastern bluebirds and tree swallows, who utilize the grasslands for feeding. You’ll gain some bird identification skills and see some bird nests up close. Bring your binoculars!

Family Field Trips

Bring your family on our children-oriented tour of Stone Barns Center’s growing spaces and pastures for an interactive, seasonal experience. Family Field Trips are offered on select Wednesdays and Saturdays

Cafeteria: Lunch Tray
A casual tray lunch of small plates from Blue Hill that highlight our ongoing work with whole grains (freshly milled whole-grain breads), preservation (fermented and pickled fall vegetables) and butchery (pork and beef charcuterie). Vegetarian lunch trays are available; please indicate your preference when booking. Lunch tray reservations are available Wednesdays through Sundays.

Community Table
Casual dinners in the Cafeteria. Join us for family-style Blue Hill suppers on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Vegetarian meal options are available; please indicate your preference when booking.

Summer Nights
Witness the magical dance of fireflies in the pastures. Ecological leaders will guide you through our diverse landscapes as they speak about our Conservation Action Plan and the resilience of our landscapes. We will find new connections between wild and domesticated spaces, and ourselves and the land. Delight in the company of nighttime species and gain a new appreciation for the natural world.

LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE EXPERIENCES

Stone Barns Center members receive complimentary access to the farm, as well as a 10% discount on programs and special events. Learn more about membership here.

Children are welcome to visit. The majority of our programming is designed with adults in mind; we leave it to your discretion to decide if your child will engage with our activities. Young adults 12 and up must purchase a ticket to participate. For Family Field Trips, every participant, including adults and children of any age, must reserve a ticket.

For information on planning for your visit, including COVID-19 safety protocols, click here.

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