June 27 & 28, 2022
Days 1 & 2 of the Slow Flowers Summit we will gather as guests of the Stone Barns Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
We are so excited for the opportunity to experience two full days at the Stone Barns Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the product of a collaborative agricultural and gastronomic experiment. Its seeds were planted in the 1990s by the Rockefeller family, together with conservation planners, organic farmers, chefs and many others who came together to set a common vision and purpose for the land.
Their goal was to make the beauty and agricultural heritage of the property accessible to the public in hopes of establishing a dynamic campus of farmers, chefs and educators working together to inspire and reconnect the local community to food and farming. They envisioned a place where people could experience the land, farming and an ecological food culture; a place that would bring inspiration and innovation to our regional food system, informed by creativity and experimentation.
Pocantico Hills is a naturally beautiful landscape that has a long history of agricultural stewardship by the Indigenous Wappinger and Lenape communities and later by Dutch colonists preceding the Rockefeller family’s arrival. The farm buildings that are home to Stone Barns Center were originally designed as a dairy, stables and farm complex in the 1930’s. In 2002 David Rockefeller, with the support of his family, donated the 80-acre property and began the restoration of the barns and landscape to form the nonprofit Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in partnership with his daughter Peggy Dulany, to honor the memory of his wife, Peggy Rockefeller—farmer and farmland preservationist.
In partnering with Stone Barns Center, Slow Flowers invites Summit attendees, speakers, sponsors and guests to spend two full days experiencing this popular agritourism and culinary destination as we learn from artists, innovators, thought leaders and practitioners whose commitment to domestic flowers is more than inspiring!