The Land Institute held its annual Prairie Festival September 23 - 25, 2016 in Salina, Kansas. It was a wonderful celebration of the founding and incredible growth of The Land Institute. Speakers chronicled the development of a strong community of people that have united around a central idea presented in Wes Jackson's 1980 book New Roots for Agriculture and subsequent papers - that agricultural systems should mimic natural ecosystems that consist largely of perennial plants growing in polyculture which have evolved over millennia as resilient, sustainable systems. Presenters included former and present Land Institute board members, Land Institute scientists, and scholars from across the country. Four members of our group attended the Prairie Festival this year: Allison, Claudia (SLU postdoc), Sterling (SLU MS student), and Samantha (SLU undergrad).
The event was covered by the Salina Journal here.
The schedule is available here.
Saturday presentations are available here (including Allison's update on the inventory project).
Sunday presentations (including Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Fred Iutzi) are available here.
Miller Lab members