The 2019 Perennial Farm Gathering

Connect with the Midwest agroforestry community!

December 6-7th, 2019    |    Dubuque, Iowa    |    Sinsinawa Mound Center

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 25th


We hope you’ll join us for this year’s Perennial Farm Gathering on December 6th and 7th, 2019 at the Sinsinawa Mound Center near Dubuque, Iowa!


This year’s #PFG2019 will feature keynote speaker Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín (President and CEO of Regenerative Agriculture Alliance), panels and workshops with Midwest agroforestry experts, perennial food and beverage tastings, and the ever-popular 5-minute Nutshell Show & Tell talks, which are open to all attendees. Session topics will include chestnut, hazelnut, and elderberry production, silvopasture, financing perennial agriculture, land access and land tenure agreements, online marketing, beneficial insects, and more!


At the Perennial Farm Gathering, you'll get to:

  • make connections with other perennial farmers, researchers and enthusiasts
  • get the latest research and crop information from experts in agroforestry
  • share your experiences with agroforestry and perennial agriculture
  • enjoy live music and perennial snacks and beverages

Featured Speakers

Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett-Marroquín - President and CEO, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance

Regi’s innovative Regenerative Poultry System, which incorporates hazelnuts, elderberries, and other perennial crops into free-range poultry production, is the centerpiece of a number of national and international initiatives. This system is designed to be uniquely aligned with the social, economic and ecological conditions of marginalized communities and is intended for large-scale impact. Regi currently works on system-level strategies designed for global application in Northfield, Minnesota, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, eastern Nebraska, British Columbia, Mexico, and Guatemala. A native Guatemalan, Regi is the author of In the Shadow of Green Man: My Journey from Poverty and Hunger to Food Security and Hope, which is available from Acres USA and other online booksellers.  Regi currently lives in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife and children.

Eliza Greenman - HogTree

Eliza Greenman, owner-operator of HogTree, a nursery and soon-to-be farm in Hamilton, VA is a proponent of having livestock in orchards. Eliza will discuss her plans for an orchard that supports feeding livestock throughout an 7-month growing season, as well as options for incorporating livestock into orchards while meeting food safety requirements. Eliza will also appear in our evening plenary, discussing agroforestry systems that she has visited in Europe.

Terry Durham - Midwest Elderberry Cooperative & River Hills Harvest

Terry Durham of River Hills Harvest has been growing elderberries commercially for nearly fifteen years and has worked with countless growers throughout the Midwest to expand and improve elderberry production. Terry will discuss all aspects of the elderberry production process, participate in a panel on producer-owned aggregation and marketing, and meet with current and aspiring elderberry growers in a meet-and-greet session after his presentation.

Tom Wahl - Red Fern Farm

Tom Wahl and his wife Kathy Dice raise over 80 species of fruit and nut trees on their farm near Wapello, Iowa and run a successful U-Pick chestnut business. "I'm currently making $10,000 an acre on a crop that I don't even have to harvest," he says. Tom Wahl will lend his decades of experience in Midwest agroforestry to a session on producer-owned aggregation and marketing and a session on expanding the chestnut industry in the Midwest.

Dayna Burtness - Nettle Valley Farm

Dayna Burtness raises pastured pork on Nettle Valley Farm near Spring Grove, Minnesota and hosts a Farm Incubator program providing access to collaborators, land, shared equipment, and joint marketing opportunities. Dayna will be speaking about her travels in Europe and tours of European agroforestry systems in the Friday evening plenary.

Click below for a detailed list of our presenters and topics.

View Program

Also featuring...YOU!! - Share your own experiences in a 5-minute Nutshell.

The ever-popular 5-minute Nutshell Show & Tell talks are open to all attendees. Please share your success stories, lessons-learned, or nagging questions to help build knowledge across the region.


We ask that attendees arrange their own lodging for this event.

A variety of hotels are within driving distance of the Sinsinawa Mound Center (public lodging is not available at the center).

The following hotels offer discounted rates for attendees - just mention "Sinsinawa Mound" or "Sinsinawa Dominicans":

  • Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel - (563) 557-8000
  • Hampton Inn - (563) 690-2005 - Sinsinawa rate ID: 2693977
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dubuque West - (563) 556-4600
  • Stoney Creek Inn (Galena, IL) - (815) 777-2223 - (Ask for "the property". "Reservations" cannot access negotiated rate.)
  • Towneplace Suites by Marriott - (563) 258-4500





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