Save the Date!
Prairie Festival returns to our home at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, September 23-25, 2022.
New Roots: Growing a movement from the ground down.
Join us to deepen knowledge, nurture relationships, and strengthen our resilience as together we catalyze a diverse perennial future within limits.
From our founding in the Smoky Hill River watershed of central Kansas to the semiarid region of the Ugandan capital to southeastern Patagonia between the Andes and the Atlantic to the central breadbasket of Ukraine to the Uppsala bioregion of Sweden to the uplands of Yunnan Province in China to a hundred backyards and gardens across the U.S., and beyond, we invite you to explore how we might root down and span out.
Registration opens in early August.
Visit this page for updates and announcements.
Prairie Festival History
The first Prairie Festival took place in 1979 on Sam and Terry Evans’ farm near Salina, Kansas, with David Brower as the featured speaker. Since then, our signature annual public event has drawn thousands of attendees from around the world.
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.
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 great food and music, the Hedge Fire Circle, and always a few surprises. Join us for the “intellectual hootenanny,” what has become remarkable can’t miss event on the prairie.
View Previous Prairie Festival Presentations
Videos of talks and presentations from previous Prairie Festivals can be viewed in our Video & Audio Library. To see the most recent speakers, visit 2019 speaker presentations on our YouTube channel.
For information on visiting The Land Institute, including driving directions, local accommodations, and more, or 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 of our website.