Growing into a New Season
Over the last 9 years, we’ve learned that organizations grow a lot like plants – with great patience and intention, a steady supply of nourishment, and a bit of hope the conditions will be favorable.
As we kick off our 2022 Year-End Campaign, we are mindful of the ways donor support has nourished our growth and we hope you’ll join us, once again, in supporting the Savanna Institute’s work to make agriculture a climate solution that strengthens farms and communities.
With your help over the past year:
- We put down roots across 4 farms in Spring Green, WI – building the beginnings of a campus that will help us advance agroforestry and build community while continuing to welcome folks to our demonstration farms across Wisconsin and Illinois
- We’ve partnered with over 60 farmers and landowners, with plans to convert over 3,000 acres to agroforestry
- We launched Canopy Farm Management, a farmland management business and tree crop nursery that planted almost 100,000 trees in just its first year of operation
- We convened a network of leaders from across North America to scale up agroforestry through collaborative action in key areas like market development, landholder assistance, and farm policy.
- We’ve grown from one full time staff member in 2017, to 30 full time staff just 5 years later!
We’re confident this is just the beginning of our story, and we’re so grateful for your part in it. As we approach our 10 year anniversary in 2023, we’re excited to see what’s in store for us in the season ahead, but we know we can’t do it alone.
Can you give now, and give generously to support us in this new season?
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Spring Green, WI: On Monday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report, issuing what UN Secretary-General António Guterres described as a “clarion call to massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe.” The report, dubbed a ‘survival guide for humanity,’ underscores the urgency for local and global leaders to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and forecasted an overshoot of the goal as early as 2030 if major course corrections are not taken. The Savanna Institute, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit working to transition Midwest agriculture to a climate solution, issued the following statement.
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