2020 Virtual Perennial Farm Gathering

Connect with the Midwest agroforestry community!

December 6-9th, 2020

Co-hosted with the Association for Temperate Agroforestry



In a year of social distancing, we believe the Perennial Farm Gathering is more important than ever to help bring the perennial agriculture community together – practitioners, researchers, and perennial agriculture enthusiasts.

This year’s gathering will be co-hosted with the Association for Temperate Agroforestry. A main feature of the gathering will be the ever-popular 5-minute Nutshell Show & Tell talks, which are open to all attendees to share success stories, lessons-learned, or nagging questions to help build knowledge across the region. 

We are excited to announce this year’s keynote panelists! Olivia Watkins is co-founder of an investment fund to support and center people of color in the food system, as well as a steward of her family’s fourth generation timber farm in North Carolina. Dr. Jifunza Wright-Carter is  president and co-founder of the Black Oaks Center in Pembroke IL, a model farm for conservation education and outreach that focuses on ecological restoration of agricultural land in under-served regions to catalyze sustainable economic development. Kathy Dice co-owns and operates Red Fern Farm near Wapello, Iowa, which produces over 80 species of fruit and nut crops and includes a profitable U-pick chestnut model. With a background in natural resource conservation, Kathy has decades of experience in agroforestry management. 

Ready to learn something new? Check out this year’s research talks and panels on topics including financing perennial agriculture, environmental and social justice, and specific agroforestry crops, as well as fun activities to help you network with other farmers, researchers, ag professionals, and anyone interested in perennial agriculture. Workshops include farm planning for carbon sequestration with Eric Toensmier author of The Carbon Farming Solutiongrafting with Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm, and decolonizing agriculture with Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín, and a perennial foods cooking demo with Beth Dooley.

Although the gathering is over, you can still watch all the session!

If you already registered, you can use your username and password to access all the recorded sessions through the PFG login on the menu bar. 

If you have not yet registered but are still interested in watching the recorded sessions, it’s not too late! Every session was recorded. Follow the link above to purchase access to the whole session recordings. 

Program Highlights

Ready for a deep dive on hazelnuts with Dr. Tom Molnar, a survey of agroforestry and policy, or a careful look at how land trusts can adopt perennial agriculture? Maybe you’ve been curious about the latest research but also want to understand how to connect the science to your own work. The 2020 PFG program is filled with exciting and useful panels, workshops, and deep dives. Check out the program highlights and stay tuned for the full schedule soon. 

Read through the 2020 Perennial Farm Gathering Abstracts

Find out what farmers and researchers have been working on. Read through the abstracts and join us for these exciting presentations.

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