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 PFG 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. We hope to see you there!
This year's speakers will include Eliza Greenman, Terry Durham, Tom Wahl, Mike Lilja, Thelma Heidel-Baker, Paul Dietmann, Suzan Erem, Greg Padget, Dayna Burtness, Jason Fischbach, and Kevin Wolz. 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!
Our keynote speaker for this year's gathering will be Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett-Marroquín. 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 received his agronomy degree from the Central National School of Agriculture, studied at the Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala and graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis with a major in international business administration and a minor in communications. Regi currently lives in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Amy and their children William, Ana Nicktae, and Lars Decarlo. Most recently, Regi authored a book titled 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.
The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization laying the groundwork for widespread agroforestry in the Midwestern US. We are able to host events like the Perennial Farm Gathering thanks to generous donations from folks like you.