The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a non-profit founded by David Rockefeller and his daughter, Peggy Dulany, is set to open in May 2004. The Stone Barns Center is located in Pocantico, the 4,000 acre country estate in Westchester County established by oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
According to the Stone Barns Center Web site, its mission is “to demonstrate, teach, and promote sustainable, community-based food production”:
Our goal is to find a modern expression for the traditional diversified family farm in this new age of industrial scale agriculture. When the renovation of Stone Barns is complete, the Center will consist of a multipurpose educational facility, an environmentally sustainable farm with a minimally heated greenhouse and outdoor production gardens, a restaurant and café, with adjacent walking trails, grazing pastures, and meadows.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, an extension of Blue Hill in New York City, will operate a working farm, restaurant, and educational center at Stone Barns. The 125-seat restaurant promises a “seasonal, ingredient driven menu” prepared under the direction of executive chef Michael Anthony and chef/owner Dan Barber.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns opens for business on May 1. Reservations can be made by calling 914.366.9600.
Photo: The Hay Barn, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Blue Hill at Stone Barns (courtesy of Blue Hill at Stone Barns).