Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
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    10,000 Years of Agriculture

    Humans have been producing food using the same paradigm for 10,000 years. But the burden of a growing population and the impacts of an industrial approach to farming threaten the entire enterprise. We are working toward a solution.

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Natural Systems Agriculture

We believe there’s a solution. We call it Natural Systems Agriculture, and it’s what we do.

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Perennial Crops

Natural ecosystems feature perennial plants. So does our approach to regenerative agriculture.

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Ecological Intensification Intercropping

Ecological Intensification

Sunlight. Water. Soil. Microbes. Plants. People. The Land Institute brings them all together for sustainable farming.

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Wes Jackson Wendell Berry Land Institute
Events

36th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures

Wes Jackson and Wendell Berry in conversation in Great Barrington, MA.

October 22, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

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Fred Iutzi Land Institute
News

Welcome Fred Iutzi, New Land Institute President

The Land Institute is very pleased to welcome Fred Iutzi as our new president! Fred grew up on an Illinois farm and his career has focused on the sustainability of agriculture and rural communities. Fred…

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Scientific Publications

Abstract: Annual-based arable agroecosystems experience among the greatest frequency, extent and magnitude of disturbance regimes of all terrestrial ecosystems. In order to control non-crop vegetation, farmers implement tillage practices and/or…

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Abstract: In the interest of diversifying the global food system, improving human nutrition, and making agriculture more sustainable, there have been many proposals to domesticate wild plants or complete the…

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Abstract: When developed, perennial grain sorghum could provide an opportunity for more ecologically sound food production. In 2002, we initiated a perennial sorghum breeding program, using Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench…

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