Building a coalition of partners to transform agriculture

The Savanna Institute collaborates with farmers, scientists, creatives, businesses, and policymakers to create transformative change in Midwest agriculture. Like all natural ecosystems, our work thrives on partnerships, and we’re dedicated to building the relationships needed to help more people plant trees in the Great Lakes region. Get to know a few of our regular collaborators, and stay connected for announcements about new partnerships. PHOTO: Canopy

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The Savanna Institute is an affiliate of U.S. Nature4Climate, a coalition of ten conservation, environmental, and sustainable business organizations dedicated to ensuring our forestsfarmsranches, grasslands and coastal wetlands are an important part of the overall strategy to combat climate change.

Canopy Farm Management

The Savanna Institute has partnered with Grantham Environmental Trust to launch Canopy—a perennial farm management business that provides professional tree planting and management services to customers in key regions of the Midwest.

The mission of the USDA National Agroforestry Center is to advance the health, diversity, and productivity of working lands, waters, and communities through agroforestry.

North Central SARE strengthens communities, increases producers’ economic viability, and improves the environment through grants and education.

Guided by science and equity, The Nature Conservancy finds paths to solve climate change and biodiversity loss. It is determined to make a major difference by 2030.

Farm Commons provides legal workshops, timely resources, and a community for farmers, ranchers, and their service providers. 

The Wisconsin River Alliance empowers people to protect and restore water to create a thriving community, economy, and habitat through access to clean, abundant water.

Croatan Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and action institute whose mission is to build social equity and ecological resilience by leveraging finance to create pathways to a just economy. 

Edwards Mother Earth Foundation (EMEF) was established in Washington state as a 501(c)3 private family foundation in 1997 with a broad vision statement for a sustainable planet earth. 

Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been working to propel our mission to build a thriving regional food and agriculture system that creates healthy communities, respects the planet, and cultivates profitable opportunities for Appalachians.

The purpose of Interlace Commons is to connect people with information about the functionality and implementation strategies of ancient and modern forms of agroforestry.

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, established in 1998, is a preeminent global center contributing to the science and practice underlying agroforestry, which combines trees and shrubs with crops or livestock.

The mission of AFTA is to promote the wider adoption of agroforestry by landowners in temperate regions of North America. 

The Land Institute is a science-based research organization working to develop an alternative to current destructive agricultural practices.

“I trust Savanna Institute to be careful stewards of land that’s important to me and my family, and to develop and spread farming practices that will increase biodiversity and fight climate change.”

                                                                  – Jack L., Donor

Deep-rooted long-lived tree crops improve the soil, help retain water, improve biodiversity, sequester carbon, and mitigate the effects of floods. Tree crops help us heal our climate, regenerate our communities, and share stories and values across generations. It is time to transform American agriculture through tree crops.