Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

Prairie Festival 2022: New Roots - Growing a movement from the ground down

Walk-ins Welcome!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – Please see the registration tent on arrival.

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September 23-25th, 2022

The Land Institute
2440 E Water Well Rd
Salina, Kansas 67401

Live stream link – Saturday, September 24, 2022 – 8:30 AM to 3:00P PM CDT

live stream link – Sunday, September 25, 2022 – 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM CDT

Prairie Festival emerges from its two-year dormancy this September, live and in-person (and live streaming) from our outdoor venue at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, USA. This year’s program explores themes of movement, new roots, and how we can adapt and create the tools we need for a livable future.

A live stream of Prairie Festival presentations and performances will be hosted on YouTube for guests who cannot travel to experience events remotely.

(Times are approximate and subject to change)


4:00-6:00 PM Registration Opens
Prairie Festival 2022 Begins! Camping areas are open for setup.

5:30-7:00 PM Food Trucks Open

6:30-8:00 PM Welcome Reception
New this year, the weekend kicks off with a reception at the Hedge Fire Circle, open to all guests. President’s Toast at 7:15 PM with a bonfire at dusk, weather permitting.

8:00 PM Barn Dance
Kick up your heels in the Big Barn with The Land Institute’s beloved Land Band at a traditional Barn Dance!


7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Open

7:15 AM – 8:30 AM Kernza® Perennial Grain Pancake Feed

7:30 AM Bookstore Opens

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM Youth Program
Activities, Art Projects, Stories, and more. Ages 5-15 are welcome! Located south of the Research Building. Sign up required at the registration tent.

8:00 AM Welcome Bell
Head to the Big Barn for a full day of exploration, conversation, and connection.

8:30 AM Opening Remarks | Rachel Stroer, President of The Land Institute

8:45 AM Radical Appreciation: Standing in Right Relationship with Prairie Ecosystems | Linda Black Elk, Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College

Prairie systems hold a biodiversity, beauty, and resilience level that is rarely discussed. What makes prairies so special, and how can radical appreciation and relation-building contribute to restoring and protecting these landscapes? Join Linda Black Elk as she discusses ways to regenerate our relationship with the prairie.

9:30 AM Back to the Land: How to Live in the World without Destroying It Eric Schlosser, Journalist, Author, Filmmaker

10:15 AM Break

10:35 AM evolve | become:  works on paper from the Konza Prairie Erin Wiersma, Prairie Festival Featured Artist

10:50 AM We Have Always Been at the Roots: The Black Farm Experience  | A conversation with the Kansas Black Farmer’s Association. Hosted by Dr. JohnElla Holmes, Executive Director and President, with Donna McClish, Web Davis, and Ryan Tenney.

11:45 AM Remnant Agro-ecology: Notes from the Fertile Crescent Dr. Omar Tesdell, Associate Professor of Geography, Birzeit University, Palestine | 

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Food Trucks Open

12:30 PM Lunch Break

2:00 PM Updates on Progress Toward a Perennial Future | The Land Institute’s
Dr. Tim Crews, Chief Scientist, and Dr. Aubrey Streit Krug, Director of Ecosphere Studies

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Research Field Tours, Demos, and Activities | The Land Institute team and partners. Look for the signs to guide you to activities. Field Tour sign-up at the registration tent is required.

5:00-6:00 PM Book Signings | Join Wes Jackson, Erin Wiersma, and more under the trees next to the bookstore.

5:00- 7:30 PM Food Trucks Open

5:30 PM Dinner Break

6:30 PM Bookstore Closes

7:30 PM A Concert in Celebration of the Earth | An evening with Paul Winter and Henrique Eisenmann, with special guest Wes Jackson

A journey through Paul Winter’s world of “living music,” this concert will feature his soprano sax with the dynamic accompaniment of Brazilian pianist Henrique Eisenmann along with the voices of Wolf, Whale, Wood Thrush, and other members of what Winter calls “the greater symphony of the Earth.” The musicians will also accompany Wes Jackson in a narration of texts from his environmental literature.


7:00 AM-12:30 PM Registration Open

7:30 AM Sunrise Activities

Prairie Walk
Led by Aubrey Streit Krug, Director of Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute, and Kelly Kindscher, Senior Scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey. Meet at the Wauhob Prairie. Please arrive early, and don’t forget layers, hats, sunblock, and bug spray!

Sunrise Yoga
Meet on the lawn south of the Research Building. Please bring your own mat and water bottle.

8:00 AM Launch the Day With Music | Performance by Ann Zimmerman and friends

8:30 AM Bookstore Opens

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Youth Program
Activities, Art Projects, Stories, and more. Ages 5-15 are welcome! Located south of the Research Building. Sign up required at the registration tent.

9:05 AM Opening Remarks | Rachel Stroer, President, The Land Institute

9:15 AM In Real Time: Chronicles of a Fate Unknown | A conversation with Alexia Leclercq, grassroots organizer and Co-Founder of Start:Empowerment, and Stan Cox, Research Fellow, Ecosphere Studies, The Land Institute

10:00 AM The Old Future is Gone | A conversation with Eric Schlosser and Wes Jackson

10:45 AM Break

11:05 AM Un Mango Grows in KansasPerennial Strachan and Vivian Donnelley Family Keynote Address, presented by Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas

“You have found me / hidden in a wheat field / within a husk of corn / growing for you ”
Huascar Medina discusses the conversations and connections made during his tenure as the first Latino poet laureate of Kansas. Join us as Medina reads the poems he shared across the state of Kansas and beyond to open dialogue and bridge divides. 

12:00 PM New Roots and Our Unthinkable Future | Rachel Stroer, President, The Land Institute

12:30 PM Book Signing with Huascar Medina under the trees next to the bookstore.

1:00 PM Closing Bell
Farewell to Prairie Festival 2022. See you next year!

1:00 PM Bookstore Closes

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