Indigenous Food Advocate Chef Sean Sherman to deliver keynote at 2024 Perennial Farm Gathering

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The Sioux Chef founder will speak at the Monona Terrace in Madison on October 7th

Spring Green, Wis – The Savanna Institute announced today that Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman will deliver his keynote address “The (R)evolution of Indigenous Foodways” at the 2024 Perennial Farm Gathering. The gathering, held each year for perennial food and farming enthusiasts, will be in Madison this year Sunday, October 6th to Tuesday, October 8th at the Monona Terrace. 

Born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Chef Sherman has dedicated his career to supporting and promoting Indigenous food systems and Native food sovereignty. His goal is to make Indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible through the non-profit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NĀTIFS) and its Indigenous Food Lab, a professional Indigenous kitchen and training Center.

Chef Sherman published his first book in 2017 with author Beth Dooley, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, which received the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook in 2018. In 2021, he opened Minnesota’s first full service Indigenous restaurant, Owamni by The Sioux Chef, which received the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in America for 2022. In 2023, he was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

The Savanna Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization, is now accepting sponsorships for the event. Current sponsorships include Canopy Farm ManagementCompeer FinancialAmerican Farmland TrustRiver Hills HarvestWormfarm InstituteAlliant Energy, and Appalachian Forest Farmer Coalition. Tickets for the Perennial Farm Gathering will go on sale in May.

What: 2024 Perennial Farm Gathering, hosted by the Savanna Institute

When: Sunday, October 6th – Tuesday, October 8th

Who: Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman, Founder of The Sioux Chef

Where: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison WI

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Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the Midwest farming community who are invested in creating habitat for wildlife, improving water and soil quality, producing healthier crops and animals, and helping restore natural balance to the climate.