The Center's mission is to "demonstrate, teach and promote sustainable, community-based food production." The renovated spaces within and around the Stone Barns seek to support this mission through their flexibility, material choices and connections to the surrounding landscape. Conference and classroom spaces are easily divisible to suit smaller or larger groups, while outdoor spaces were conceived to accommodate informal gatherings of students or visitors.
The larger landscape and site planning included demonstration gardens, used as part of the Center's educational mission, and a multi-acre greenhouse, developed with Eliot Coleman, which operates year-round.
Although the client elected not to pursue LEED accreditation, many principles of LEED are evident in the project. These include, most obviously, preserving the existing barn structures, as well as using a palette of natural, durable materials and high-efficiency MEP systems. The project was awarded a NYSERTA certification for sustainability from the state of New York.