Dr. Frederick L. Kirschenmann

A longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, Dr Kirschenmann shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center at Iowa State University and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also continues to manage  his family's 2,600-acre certified organic farm, in south central North Dakota , which he converted to an organic farm in 1976.

He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago and has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. He has held numerous appointments, including the USDA's National Organic Standards Board and the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts.

In April 2010, the University Press of Kentucky published a book of Kirschenmann's essays, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher.This collection of essays traces the evolution of Kirschenmann’s ecological and farming philosophy over the past thirty years.

On his own farm in North Dakota he developed a diverse crop rotation scheme which enabled him to farm productively without any synthetic inputs (fertilizers or pesticides) while simultaneously improving the health of his soil.

Kirschenmann has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his work, including, Leader of the Year in Agriculture by Progressive Farmer, the Seventh Generation Research Award from the Center for Rural Affairs, the first Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Sustainable Agriculture from the Glynwood Center in New York, one of Plenty magazine’s Top 20 People Dedicated to Sustainability,  The National Resources Defense 
Council Thought Leader award, and, most recently, one of the first 10 recipients of the James Beard Foundation Leadership awards, and the Practical  Farmers of Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award..

Kirschenmann’s farm has been featured in numerous publications including National Geographic, Business WeekAudubon, the LA Times and Gourmet magazine.   In 1995 it was profiled in an award-winning video, “My Father’s Garden” by Miranda Smith Productions, Inc.   The video is still widely used as a teaching tool in sustainable agriculture.

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