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Prairie Festival

Date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - Sunday, September 24, 2017


The Land Institute
2440 E. Water Well Drive
Salina, KS 67401

The Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival will be September 22-24. The Prairie Festival offers a unique opportunity to interact with some of the world’s most compelling authors, thinkers, artists, and advocates focused on agriculture, food, the environment, science, sustainability, and social and environmental justice. Our science staff provides tours and an in-depth update on our plant breeding and ecology work and partnerships. There’s food and music, the Hedge Fire Circle, and always a few surprises.

This year’s festival features some changes, including food trucks for meals and a supervised children’s activity area.   Kaleigh Glanton will be the festival’s featured musician, performing live in the Big Barn Saturday evening.

This year’s theme – Urban Agriculture and Rural Agrarianism: Toward a Perennial Future – will put thinkers, advocates and innovators from both sectors together in the barn for a lively and timely dialogue. Jill Isenbarger from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will moderate a Letters To a Young Farmer panel discussion with organic agriculture pioneer Amigo Bob Cantisano and Amy Halloran, author of The New Breadbasket.  Severine Von Tscharner Fleming of The Greenhorns and Agrarian Trust will present the annual Strachan Donnelley Lecture on Conservation and Restoration.   Wylie Harris and Ӧzlem Altıok of North Texas and Turkey join us Sunday as well.  And we welcome Cathrine Sneed of The Garden Project back to Prairie Festival this year.

Wes Jackson will present, as well as our president Fred Iutzi.  And in addition to our scientific teams presenting research updates we will provide an update Kernza® perennial grain as it blazes a trail in the consumer marketplace for other perennial grain, oilseed and legume crops.

Click here for a PDF version of the 2017 festival schedule and map.

Online registration is now closed, but on site registration will open at 7:30am on Saturday, September 23rd.  Look for the green-and-white-striped tent.   The festival concludes at 12:15PM on Sunday, September 24th.

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