The Land Institute’s Prairie Festival
Since the first Prairie Festival that took place on June 1, 1979 on Sam and Terry Evans’ farm near Salina, Kansas, with David Brower as the featured speaker, our signature annual public event has drawn thousands of attendees from around the world.
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, the environment, science, sustainability, and social and environmental justice.
Now held over the last full weekend of September along the banks of the Smoky Hill River on The Land Institute’s home campus outside Salina, Kansas, the festival revolves around “low tech” presentations by notable guests in The Land Institute’s Big Barn.
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. Join us for what The New York Times called an “intellectual hootenanny” and what has become a remarkable can’t-miss event on the prairie.
Check out video presentations from recent Prairie Festivals at our Video & Audio Library.
The 2017 Prairie Festival is set for Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24. It’s on our Events Calendar and you may also stay tuned to that link for speaker and program details as they are available, and follow us on social media using the links at the top of this page for details on the next festival as soon as they’re available.
This year’s theme for the festival and speakers will facilitate a conversation involving voices of the urban agriculture movement and the new rural agrarian movement, in context of The Land Institute’s history and mission of developing and deploying productive perennial grain, pulse and oil seed crops in diverse ecologically sustainable mixtures.
If you can’t make it to the Prairie Festival but would like to visit The Land Institute, we can arrange for a tour at other times of the year. Check out the Visit Us page for more information and to request a tour.