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Green Lands, Blue Waters Conference

Are you concerned about farming systems, water quality and soil health in the Upper Mississippi watershed and beyond? Join the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference on November 28 and 29 at the UW Pyle Center in Madison. There will be a great line up of speakers for the conference theme “Continuous living cover: Bridging the gaps with livestock.” Conference information and registration is available on the CIAS website.

The conference keynote talk, “Ecologically based farming and the indispensable animals,” will be given by Nicolette Hahn Niman. Nicolette is an attorney, writer, livestock rancher and mother. She is the author of Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Beef Production. Other speakers include Steve Apfelbaum, Applied Ecological Services; Laura Jackson, University of Northern Iowa; Randy Jackson, UW-Madison Agronomy Department; Chris Kucharik, UW-Madison Agronomy Department; and Jacob Marty, Green Fire Farm.

We hope you can attend all or part of this exciting conference and add your voice to the conversation about continuous living cover.

The Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, farmers, and citizens to come together around the challenge of helping agriculture build soils and improve water quality in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond.  Visit the event website to learn more and register. Registration ends November 20th, SIGN UP TODAY!


Savanna Institute’s Perennial Farm Gathering is November 29-30, 2017 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711

This year, the Savanna Institute is teaming up with the Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) annual conference and has expanded their Perennial Farm Gathering to a multi-day event. A highlight of the Perennial Farm Gathering is the perennial favorite, “In a Nutshell” talks, where attendees can give a 5 minute update on their work. On Thursday morning, folks will leave loaded with great knowledge and connections as well as a copy of Perennial Pathways: Planning and Design for Agroforestry and the business planning tool: The Perennial Growers Compass.

To learn more and to register Perennial Farm Gathering

About Savanna Institute
The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry in the Midwest US. They work in collaboration with farmers and scientists to develop perennial food and fodder crops within multifunctional polyculture systems grounded in ecology and inspired by the savanna biome. The Savanna Institute strategically enacts this mission via research, education, and outreach.