PERENNIAL FARMER GATHERING

Thanks to everyone who attended this our 2017 Perennial Farmer Gathering!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Learn more about production agroforestry first-hand from farmers and researchers at work with perennial crop and livestock enterprises.

 

All events are free and open to public unless noted otherwise.  Welcome, one and all!

 

May 2, 10:30 am

BIG RIVER BEEF

47664 Aspen Rd, Soldiers Grove, WI

Oak Savanna Silvopasture

Join Mike Lind for a walk in his pastures, along with the Great River Graziers and UW researchers, to explore on-going study integrating forestry, forage management, soil science, and rotational grazing to restore degraded oak savannas by establishing silvopasture.  Details here.

 

May 2, 6pm

MONONA TERRACE

Madison, WI

Grass Up tour kick off

A special reception to learn why perennial agriculture matters to the health of animals, people, and planet. Hear remarks from Rep. Travis Tranel, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, and UW-Platteville. Speak with experts on the connections between soil, pasture, pollinators, nutrition, and economic impact, while enjoying craft cocktails and delicious organic food at this invitation-only event. Read more and RSVP here. This event is sponsored by Organic Valley, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Xerces Society, GrassWorks Inc., Savanna Institute, UW-Platteville, Cooperative Network, Edible Madison, and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship.

 

May 8, 8:30 am

NIGHTFALL FARM

7740 W. Co. Rd. 1100 S., Crothersville, IN

REGISTER HERE ($10 includes lunch)

Silvopasture establishment and Wetland restoration

Liz and Nate Brownlee rotationally graze livestock in mature and recently-established silvopastures on Liz's family farm. They are in year four of converting conventional cropland to silvopasture. They're also converting 50 acres to prairie and pollinator plantings and they've restored 30 acres of wetlands. They aim to care for their homeplace and feed their neighbors.

 

July 15, 1:30 pm

CARANDALE FARM

1046 Tipperary Rd, Oregon, WI

Uncommon fruit trials

For nearly 50 years, Dale and Cindy Secher have developed an integrated cropping system that incorporates all available management tools to maximize production and food safety, while minimizing environmental impact. Fruits include many varieties of pears, plums, cherries, aronia, sea berry, currants, gooseberries, blackberries, elderberries, and Saskatoon.

 

August 4-5

SILVOPASTURE CAMP

Location: SE MN

University of Minnesota Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and the Savanna Institute jointly host a silvopasture workshop featuring training, networking, and field tours. Details forthcoming.

 

August 11, 1 pm

VULCAN FARM

1123 CR 2300 E., Sidney, IL

Non-stop perennial cropping

With over 400 varieties of edible crops, active experiments, variety trials, video monitoring and much more, this is the place to experience the full breadth of a young production agroforestry system.

 

September 8, 1 pm

FERAL FARM & GLACIERLAND RC&D

N2437 Brattset Lane, Jefferson, WI

Agroforestry & Long-Term Leases

Feral Farm grows a diversity of tree crops in polyculture rows with hay alley cropped between, with an increasing emphasis on chestnuts. It is made possible by a unique long-term land access arrangement with Brattsett Family Farm, a grass-fed beef farm. Both farm operations have learned a lot about working collaboratively between an established farmer and a beginning one.

 

October 4, 9:30 am

GREEN FIRE FARM

N5305 Ringhand Road Monticello, WI

Next (re)generation agroforestry

Join Jacob and nonprofit, extension, and agency personnel, for a field day highlighting how a conventional row crop operation is transitioning to multi-species pasture systems. We’ll talk about silvopasture establishment research, cost-share opportunities, techniques to extend the grazing season, and mentorship programs. Come see pigs and sheep rotationally graze in their two-year old silvopasture planting, a beef herd grass-finishing on fall interseeded annuals, a production flock of pastured laying hens, and a rainfall and erosion simulator.

 

And...

We want to talk perennial crop shop earlier in the planning season this year...so Save the Date November 29 for our yearly gathering!

 

PAST EVENTS

Savanna Institute Perennial Farmer Gathering 2017

Feb 11 - Grayslake, IL

 

Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

Nov 29-30, 2016 - University of Missouri

Exhibit of PerennialMap.org

 

Society of American Foresters National Convention

Nov 1-5, 2016 - Madison, WI

Agroforestry in Wisconsin Tour & Silvopasture Establishment Presentation Details at safconvention.org.

 

Lecture at Pennsylvania State University
Oct 26, 2016 - Pennsylvania State University
Lecture: Production Agroforestry: Scaling Up Perennial Food & Forage Systems

 

Centre County Farmland Trust Annual Meeting
Oct 25, 2016 - Bellefonte Art Museum

Lecture: A Permanent Agriculture: Land Access and Tenure for Perennial Enterprises

Field Day

Sep 19, 2016 - Driftless Pastures/Seven Seeds Farm, Spring Green, WI

Learn from experience with establishment technique trials for seedling-stage silvopasture with hogs and cattle, and with interplanted cover crops in organic corn. Co-sponsored by Savanna Institute, Michael Fields Ag Institute, USDA SARE, and others.


Field Day

Sep 11, 2016 - Fields Restored, Oregon, IL

Fields Restored grows several dozen tree crops planted in various combinations. Intrigued by these innovative practices, researchers are working with farmer Scott Williams to track changes in soil carbon, pollinators, and pest populations.  This farm also features alternative crop trials, including 19 varieties of serviceberry!

 

Workshops in Planning and Management for Perennial Crops

Sep 10, 2016 - Urbana, IL

Whole farm planning for perennial crops: profit, people and planet; Establishment and management of your perennial crops: preparing, planting and presiding

 

Field Day

Sep 9, 2016 - Woody Perennial Polyculture Research Site, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting

Aug 8, 2016 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Presentation: “Deploying a map-based network for participatory research and development of perennial agroecosystems" in session "Novel Agroecosystems: Using Biodiversity to Enhance Food Production and Ecosystem Services in Perennial Polycultures"

 

Silvopasture Workshop

Jul 29-30, 2016 - Luck, WI

Discussion and farm visits. Topics: Establishment and management of silvopasture; livestock management in silvopasture (focus on cattle); controlling brush, toxic plants and invasives; economics; opportunities and challenges of silvopasture; where to go for more information.

 

Agroforestry Academy

Jul 25-29, 2016 - University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry

Presentation: “Experiences working with landowners in agroforestry”

 

Field Day

Jul 24, 2016 - Vulcan Farm, Sidney IL

See hundreds of varieties of over 50 perennial crops, plus establishment technique trials for seedling-stage silvopasture with sheep.

 

North American Congress for Conservation Biology

Jul 17-20, 2016 - Monona Terrace, Madison WI

Exhibit. Details at scbnacongress.org

 

Grassworks Picnic and Pasture Walks

Jul 14, 2016 - Sunnyhill Acres Farm, Cascade, WI; Heidel Dairy Farm, Random Lake, WI

Learn about the feasibility and profitability of combining trees, forage crops and livestock during an informative agroforestry pasture walk at Sunnyhill Acres farm, where they've been practicing silvopasture with sheep for over 20 years. Then enjoy lunch and a walk through Heidel Dairy Farm pastures and learn about the grassland habitat that supports bobolinks, pollinators and other wildlife above and below the soil.

 

Field Day

Apr 30, 2016 - Sun Dappled Farms, Elmwood, IL

 

Agroforestry in Action Webinar

Mar 30, 2016 - Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri

Presentation: Participatory Research and Outreach in Savanna-Mimicking Agroecosystems

 

Perennial Farmer Gathering

Feb 6, 2016 - Sun Dappled Farm Regenerative Ag Center, Elmwood, IL
Farmer knowledge-exchange, updates on Savanna Institute activities, and special guest Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm in Iowa.

MEDIA COVERAGE

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Production agroforestry: a transformative solution for temperate agriculture.

The Land Connection Farm Beginnings Course. Nov 19, 2016. Urbana, IL.

 

Production agroforestry: scaling up perennial food and forage systems.

Pennsylvania State University public lecture. Oct 26, 2016. State College, PA.

 

Toward a permanent agriculture: land access and tenure for perennial enterprises.

Centre County Farmland Trust Annual Meeting. Oct 25, 2016. Bellefonte, PA.

 

Whole farm planning for perennial crops: profit, people and planet.

The Land Connection Workshop. Sep 10, 2016. Urbana IL.

 

Deploying a map-based network for participatory research and development of perennial agroecosystems.

Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Aug 8, 2016. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

Establishing seedling-stage silvopasture.

University of Wisconsin and Minnesota extension farmer workshop. Jul 29, 2016. Luck, WI.

 

Experiences working with landowners in agroforestry.

Agroforestry Academy. Jul 28, 2016. University of Missouri-Columbia, MO.

 

Participatory Research and Outreach in Savanna-Mimicking Agroecosystems.

Agroforestry in Action webinar. Mar 30, 2016.  The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri.

 

Getting Started in Restoration Agriculture and Silvopasture Design.

Indiana Small Farm Conference. Mar 4, 2016. Danville, IN.

 

Strategies for silvopasture establishment.

Grassworks Grazing Conference. Jan 15, 2016. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

 

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Thank you for your support!  See you in the field!

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