The New Social Environment#688

Sky High Farm: Bridging regenerative farming, education, and equity in our food system

Featuring Dan Colen, Josh Bardfield, Nina Tucker and Amanda Gluibizzi, with Mandy Beckley


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Sky High Farm Founder Dan Colen and staff members Josh Bardfield and Nina Tucker join Rail Art Editor Amanda Gluibizzi for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Mandy Beckley.

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Dan Colen

Portrait of Dan Colen by Phong H. Bui
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Internationally recognized artist Daniel Colen has exhibited work at institutional venues that include The Whitney Museum, The Royal Academy in London, and the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, among many others. In 2011, Colen moved to Ancramdale, NY and founded Sky High Farm by setting out to rejuvenate a forgotten plot of land, developing both the vegetable production and animal husbandry functions of the farm, with the mission to donate all meat and produce to food banks. In addition to Sky High, Colen has contributed fund-raising efforts to Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan and to RX Art whose programming brings art into children’s hospitals. Colen holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

Josh Bardfield

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Sky High Farm Chief Operating Officer Joshua Bardfield, MPH, has spent his career in public service, working for a variety of domestic and international health programs spanning the non-profit, civil-service, academic and private sectors. Prior to his full-time role at Sky High, he was a founding Board member. He previously served as Director in the Office of Institutional Support at Bard College. Prior to Bard, he spent over a decade as Knowledge Management Director for HEALTHQUAL, at University of California San Francisco’s Institute for Global Health Sciences, a global HIV/AIDS initiative. He has researched and authored numerous academic publications focused on public health capacity building, maternal child health and HIV in low- and middle-income countries.

Nina Tucker

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Sky High Farm Assistant Program Manager Nina Tucker was most recently the Program and Administrative Coordinator at the African Roots Center in Kingston, NY. Just prior, she completed a Master’s Degree in English from SUNY New Paltz. Nina’s engagement with community education began at Camp Stomping Ground, an organization built around the idea of “radical empathy”. During her years living in the Hudson Valley, Nina has also collaborated with small local businesses to host similar conversations, and create profitable opportunities for people of color, like the marketplace at Commissary! in New Paltz, where artists of color can sell their work to the cafe for shelving space at full retail price.

Amanda Gluibizzi

This is a sunny portrait of the Rail's Art Editor, Amanda Gluibizzi with houses in the background and a blue sky. Gluibizzi is wearing a yellow shirt and sunglasses.
Formerly Associate Professor at Ohio State University, Amanda Gluibizzi is the founding Co-Director of the New Foundation for Art History (NFAH) and Artseen Editor for the Brooklyn Rail. She specializes in mid- and late-20th century art, design, and urbanism in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Amanda is the author of Art and Design in 1960s New York (Anthem Press, 2021).

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Mandy Beckley reading.

Mandy Beckley

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Poet Mandy Beckley is a graduate of Bard College and a library clerk. Their written work has been published by YST Publications, Flaneur Foundry, Night Music Journal and others. Outside of writing, they do independent research around anarchist praxis and attempt to bring the values they find there into reality. They live and write and garden and make zines in the Catskill Mountains.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.