Fred Kirschen­mann, a long­time nation­al and inter­na­tion­al leader in sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, is Dis­tin­guished Fel­low at the Leopold Cen­ter for Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture at Iowa State Uni­ver­si­ty in Ames, Iowa, and the Pres­i­dent of the Stone Barns Cen­ter for Food and Agri­cul­ture in Pocan­ti­co Hills, New York.

He continues to manage his family’s 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota, where he developed a diverse crop rotation that has enabled him to farm productively without synthetic inputs (fertilizers or pesticides) while simultaneously improving the health of the soil.

Kirschenmann, who holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago, is a professor in the Iowa State University Department of Religion and Philosophy.

In April 2010, the University Press of Kentucky published a book of his essays, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher, that trace the evolution of his ecological and farming philosophy over the past 30 years.

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