Our Staff

Assistant Director of Partnerships

Devon Brock-Montgomery

[email protected]   |  (608) 448-6432 ext. 209

Devon (she/her/hers) supports collaboration and partnership building across Savanna Institute’s programs. As well as working to build relationships and develop projects within the Midwest, she supports the Agroforestry Coalition nationally and manages Tribal engagement with Tribal farms, producers, and governments.

A graduate of Northland College, she managed climate change research for the Bad River Tribe and has worked in assessing long-term forest health in eight states with the National Park Service. Now based in Madison, WI, she enjoys getting outside, baking, and supporting families as a birth doula.

Resources by Renee Gasch

Perennial Farm Gathering

PFG2023 Recordings Now Available for Free on YouTube

John Hendrickson is a former vegetable farmer and a professional spreadsheet wizard. He even showed up to record an interview for the Perennial AF podcast wearing a special hat that said “Spreadsheets” across the front! John has developed a series of Excel-based tools to help farmers understand the financial viability of their various on-farm enterprises, including the Fruit and Nut Compass, which was developed in partnership with the Savanna Institute.

Savanna Institute Staff at north farm.

6 Research Papers Published by Savanna Institute Scientists in 2023

To advance the field of agroforestry research, Savanna Institute staff collaborate with scientists worldwide to study tree crops and perennial farm systems. Our researchers work to make sure Midwest farmers and landholders have access to the latest information available to plan their farms. In 2023, staff from our research and commercialization teams contributed thought leadership on hazelnut genetics, chestnut value chains, and soil science for academic journals in the field – all to guide the development of perennial agriculture in the US.

Wisconsin Riverway Valley, aerial view.

Savanna Institute’s Response to the IPCC Climate Report

The Savanna Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today plans to develop a statewide agroforestry demonstration farm network in Wisconsin where farmers can see examples of how to integrate trees successfully on farms for conservation and for profit.