Authors Robin Wall Kimmerer and Ross Gay to deliver keynote addresses at the 2023 Perennial Farm Gathering

by | Sep 13, 2023 | Events, Perennial Farm Gathering, Press, Speaker

The virtual gathering for perennial agriculture enthusiasts will be hosted December 6th – 8th


Madison, Wis – The Savanna Institute will host its Perennial Farm Gathering virtually this year from Wednesday, December 6th to Friday, December 8th, 2023. For eight years running, the event has served as a vital networking opportunity for farmers, growers, foresters, and others who practice perennial agriculture and agroforestry, the integration of trees on farms. The nonprofit organization is currently accepting sponsorships for the event, and early bird tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 20th.

This year, author and scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer will deliver the keynote: “The Fortress, the River and the Garden.” Dr. Wall Kimmerer is a mother, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous WisdomScientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants has earned her worldwide acclaim. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. She is interested in restoration not only of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land.

Joining the keynote speakers for the 2023 Perennial Farm Gathering is poet and orchardist Ross Gay, who will deliver his talk “Cultivating Sustainable Joy.” Dr. Gay is an award-winning author and creative writing professor, publishing four books of poetry—Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude—and three collections of essays—The Book of Delights, Inciting Joy, and The Book of (More) Delights. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. 

WHAT: Perennial Farm Gathering, hosted by the Savanna Institute

WHEN: Wednesday, December 6th to Friday, December 8th, 8:30am – 5:30pm 

WHO: Keynotes by authors Robin Wall Kimmerer and Ross Gay 

WHERE: Hosted virtually, join from anywhere. Sponsor now or register at starting Wednesday, September 20th.


About the Savanna Institute

The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with farmers and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry adoption. Since 2013, the Savanna Institute has conducted research, education, and outreach to support the growth of diverse, perennial agroecosystems in the Midwestern US.

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PFG2023 Recordings Now Available for Free on YouTube

PFG2023 Recordings Now Available for Free on YouTube

In 2023, the Perennial Farm Gathering brought together 600 people, 60 presenters, and 20 sponsors online over three days of community-building for perennial agriculture. Keynotes by authors Robin Wall Kimmerer and Ross Gay kept us rooted in Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the creative joy that tending a garden can bring. Now, you can watch PFG2023 videos on our YouTube Channel for free.