Friday, December 7

Check-in and refreshments

Welcome address

Nutshell Show & Tells – Share 5 minutes about your recent work/goals. It’s the perennial favorite part of the gathering. “Listening to individual farmers tell of their projects. I probably picked up something very useful from most of the presentations.” “The nutshells…. I knew who to talk to and it made it easier to start these conversations.”

Lunch – potluck & mains catered by Underground Food Collective

Breakout sessions:

Business Planning Tool: The Fruit & Nut Compass

Financial Planning & Management – Paul Dietmann, Badgerland Financial

Perennial Beverages –  Ciders, Wines, and more!

Breakout sessions:

Research Reports – Hear about cutting edge research projects and results in the field of perennial crops

Social Justice –After years of working on organic farms, Leah Potter-Weight helps build pathways to success for beginning farmers interested in cultivating diverse, perennial systems and will talk about socioeconomic forces in perennial agriculture.

Tech tools – Do you wish there was a perennial farming app to help with management and year-to-year records keeping? Make informed decisions by simple data that you collect (and unlike paper and pencil sheets, can’t lose).

Reception and World Premiere Film – Refreshments and perennial beverage tastings as we roll out the “green” carpet for “Future Farm,” a mini-documentary about growing uncommon fruit and nut crops. Following the film will be a panel discussion with film-makers and featured farmers.

Dinner, Music, social time – Underground Food Collective, great music, and YOU!


Saturday, December 8

Check-in and refreshments

Nutshell Show & Tells – More 5 minute introductions to your work/goals. For folks who are just coming to Saturday, and for folks who see how low-pressure, fun, and beneficial it is to share experiences with the group.

Keynote – Greg Judy raises cattle, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, chickens and mushrooms on 1,200 acres in central Missouri. He is the author of No Risk Ranching and Comeback Farms, and a collaborator with the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri.  He’ll be speaking about silvopasture, mob grazing, and the business of improving the land health on leased acreage.

Lunch and table topics – Underground Food Collective (YUM!)

Breakout sessions:

Principles of Success – Learn from a panel of experienced farmers keys to success, potential pitfalls, and other things they wish they would have known in early years. Speakers TBD.

Hazelnut Development Council – A convening hazelnut stakeholders to develop strategy for industry development

Breakout sessions:

Stronger Together: Collective Marketing and Farmer Organizing – Telling and selling our story to add value to our perennial crops and pastured livestock.

Site Assessment and System Design for Agroforestry –Get some hands-on experience with planning an agroforestry planting at Silverwood County Farm Park. Carpool 30 min to site.





12/7 & 12/8: $95

Only 12/7: $70

Only 12/8: $65


Discounted registration fees for students, additional farm adults, and financial need

are listed in  detail in the registration form.


 Deadline: Nov 21

Limited to the first 200 registrants. If space permits, walk-ins welcome but meals subject to availability.

Program Highlights

You’re invited to the 6th annual Perennial Farm Gathering! If you’re interested in perennial crops and pastured livestock, come learn what farmers, scientists, and others are discovering—both what’s working well and what needs more work!


Of course, the Perennial Farm Gathering would not be complete if it didn’t include the popular Nutshell Show & Tells. In five minutes flat, share a little about what you’ve been up to lately, with or without pictures. It’s always fun, fascinating, and great getting to know who else in the room shares your particular perennial passions!



Consider sponsoring to help us keep our costs down for attendees.

Details here

December 7-8 2018

Lussier Family Heritage Center

3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711

A perennial favorite part of the gathering--share a 5 minute introduction of your work/goals. Low pressure, and fun!

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