You’re invited to the 5th annual Perennial Farm Gathering! Farmers, scientists, and people with a general interest in perennial crops and pastured livestock all find it valuable to learn what other farmers are doing—what’s working well and what needs more work.


This year, we’re teaming up with the Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) annual conference and have expanded our Perennial Farm Gathering to a multi-day event.


Our joint keynote address will be livestreamed to the Lussier Center from the GLBW conference on Wednesday (11/29) morning and will feature Steve Apfelbaum, Founder and Chairman of Applied Ecological Services and award winning author of Nature’s Second Chance, Jacob Marty, 6th generation farmer and co-owner of Green Fire Farm, and Chris Kucharik, professor of agronomy and Environmental Studies at UW-Madison.


Also in cooperation with GLBW and the Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group, we'll have a panel on "Advancing Agroforestry in the Heartland" including

Michael Gold - U of MO Center for Agroforestry

Katherine MacFarland - National Agroforestry Center
Lindsay Rebhan - Ecological Design
Sarah Taylor Lovell - U of IL Dept. of Crop Sciences
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin - Main St Project, Regeneration International
Tom Wahl - Red Fern Farm

David Miller - Iroquois Valley Farms


Another highlight is the perennial favorite, “In a Nutshell” talks, where attendees can give a 5 minute introduction to their farm or related project.  On Thursday morning, you’ll leave loaded with great knowledge as well as a copy of Perennial Pathways: Planning and Design for Agroforestry & the business planning tool The Perennial Growers Compass.


You can even start early by joining the GLBW festivities on Tuesday night. Join in for the evening plenary talk: Ecologically based farming and the indispensable animals by Nicolette Hahn Niman and then head over to the reception for appetizers, socialization, and a cash bar. (Fee for Perennial Farm Gathering attendees is $15 for the reception).


GLBW annual conference details, agenda, and registration here.

November 29-30, 2017

Lussier Family Heritage Center

3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711

Pre-Registration Deadline Extended: Nov 22

Walk-ins welcome but meals subject to availability.


11/29 & 11/30: $95

Only 11/29: $70

Only 11/30: $40


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

are listed in more detail in the registration form.

Event Sponsors & Collaborators


All Tuesday evening events and Wednesday morning events are jointly sponsored by GLBW, CIAS, and the Savanna Institute. Registration for this joint portion of the program can go through either the GLBW registration or SI's Perennial Farm Gathering registration. Full GLBW conference details can be found here.”

Tuesday 11/28

In collaboration with the Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) Annual Conference and UW-Madison Center for integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). More information about the GLBW annual conference here .


UW Madison Pyle Center 702 Langdon Street Madison, WI

5:00 – 6:00 pm  - Evening Plenary


Ecologically based farming and the indispensable animals

     Nicolette Hahn Niman


University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI

6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception ($15 for PFG attendees; Appetizers and cash bar)

7:00 pm - Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group (MAAWG) steering meeting

7:00 pm - Informal socializing

Wednesday 11/29

Lussier Family Heritage Center  3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711

(GLBW people may choose to begin the day here or at the Pyle Center)


8:00 am - Check-in and registration and coffee and tea from Steep N Brew

8:30 am - Keynote (livestream to Lussier Center) How does Continuous Living

     Cover Restore our Landscape?

     Steve Apfelbaum, Jacob Marty, and Chris Kucharik

10:00 am - Welcome

10:30 – Noon - Plenary panel / GLBW / MAAWG agroforestry breakout session.

     Farmer, researcher, organizer, industry, & agency voices: Advancing

     Agroforestry in the Heartland.

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch including potluck offerings

1:15 – 5:15 pm - ‘In a nutshell’ talks - A virtual tour of agroforestry in action

     All attendees invited to give a 5 minute intro/update about farm,

     research, and related projects. Images, slides requested in advance.

5:30 pm  - Catered Dinner

7:00 pm  - Socialization with perennial beverages donated by NessAlla Kombucha, The Cider Farm, Beyond Vineyard & Winery, and Great Dane Brewery.

Thursday 11/30

Lussier Family Heritage Center 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711


8:30 - 11:30 am In-Depth Tracks*

     Track 1: Planning and Establishing an Agroforestry Enterprise

     Led by Matt Wilson, lead author of guidebook Perennial Pathways: Planning and

     Design for Agroforestry & Leah Potter-Weight, lead developer of the

     business planning tool The Perennial Growers Compass

*Track 1 participants will go home with a copy of the Perennial Pathways guidebook and the Perennial Growers Compass



Track 2: Hazelnut stakeholder meeting - $20 for attendees of only Track 2

      Reflecting on 10 years of hazelnut development, strategic planning for

      the next 10 yrs. Led by Jason Fischbach, UW-Cooperative Extension

      Woody Crops Specialist



Comfort Inn

Clarion Suites

Sheraton Hotel

Holiday Inn Express



We have a discounted room block at the Sheraton. Use this Perennial Farm Gathering link to reserve.



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