PFG 2024 Save the Date2

Save the Date

Perennial Farm Gathering

Sunday, October 6th – Tuesday, October 8th

Monona Terrace • Madison, WI

Tickets go on sale in May!

with free Farm Tours
Saturday, October 5th
Spring Green, WI

About the Perennial Farm Gathering

The Perennial Farm Gathering, Savanna Institute’s signature event of the year, brings together a wide community of land stewards, farmers, and perennial enthusiasts. Over three days, folks gather to build community and share lessons learned –– all to advance perennial agriculture. PFG2024 will be back in-person for the first time in five years, starting with a free farm tours on Saturday, October 5th at Savanna Institute’s Campus in Spring Green, followed by a ticketed event at Monona Terrace in Madison Sunday, October 6th to Tuesday, October 8th.

Sponsor Today!

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

Coming Home to Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a leader in perennial farming and home to Savanna Institute’s Spring Green Campus in the Driftless Area. On Saturday, October 5th, the Savanna Institute will host a free Open House with farm tours at its Spring Green Campus to kick off the Perennial Farm Gathering week of community building.

From October 5th to 14th, Wormfarm Institute will also be hosting its Farm/Art DTour. The DTour is a self-guided excursion through 50 miles of scenic farmland in rural Sauk County, punctuated by site-responsive art installations, pasture performances, local food markets, and more.

 

Premier Locations 

Savanna Institute Campus – Spring Green, WI

Located in the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area in Sauk County an hour west of Madison, Savanna Institute’s Spring Green Campus is surrounded by a vibrant community of innovative farmers and robust local food markets. Four farms make up the Spring Green Campus, each researching and demonstrating a different type and scale of agroforestry system. The Savanna Institute hosts a free open house at its North Farm every year to welcome the community to campus for tours.

Monona Terrace – Madison, WI

The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on Lake Monona in Madison, WI is a Frank Loyd Wright-designed gathering space located a few blocks from the State Capitol and downtown hotels and amenities. An hour’s drive from our Spring Green Campus, the gathering space allows us to incorporate farm visits into the Perennial Farm Gathering program and offers ample meeting spaces to host the keynotes, panels, workshops, deep-dives, and nutshell talks beloved by attendees.

What to Expect

  • Connection to a wide community of farmers, land stewards, and perennial enthusiasts – allowing you to expand your professional network and collaborative opportunities.
  • Deepen your knowledge and practices in panels, workshops, and nutshell talks covering the latest research and lessons learned from agroforestry practitioners.
  • Highly specific and engaging conversations that will enrich your perspective on agroforestry and change the way you think about perennial agriculture.

Networking Opportunities

The Perennial Farm Gathering leaves its guests with renewed inspiration and deeper connections that advance our collective work to grow food perennially. Returning to an in-person event creates opportunities for meaningful collaboration and broad skill-building.

Keynotes, workshops, and plenaries at the Monona Terrace offer deep-dive discussions on topics such as: technical education, social justice, perennial foods, and financial planning.

Nutshell talks invite community members and organizations to present five-minute updates on their work in the field.

Preliminary Schedule

Saturday, October 5th, 1-5pm
Farm Tours at Savanna Institute’s Campus in Spring Green

Sunday, October 6th
Agroforestry Coalition Meet-Up and Welcome Reception at Monona Terrace in Madison

Monday, October 7th
Keynote, Technical Workshops, Social Justice Sessions, and Nutshell Talks with a Perennial Dinner in Madison

Tuesday, October 8th
Technical Workshops, Silvopasture Plenary, and Nutshell Talks in Madison

Agroforestry Coalition Meet-Up

On Sunday, October 6th at the Monona Terrace, the Agroforestry Coalition will host a meet-up open to all Perennial Farm Gathering sponsors and registrants. The Agroforestry Coalition is a national collective of organizations, farmers, businesses, researchers, and activists working to scale-up agroforestry in the US. Working Groups meet virtually throughout the year to plan collaborations in the sectors of policy, nursery development, demonstration farms, communications, financing, and market growth. If you would like to participate in coalition building activities to advance agroforestry, join us Sunday before the gathering.