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.
PresentationsHuascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas | Un Mango Grows in KansasLinda Black Elk, Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College | Radical Appreciation: Standing in Right Relationship with Prairie EcosystemsEric Schlosser, Journalist, Author, Filmmaker | Back to the Land: How to Live in the World without Destroying ItDr. Omar Tesdell, Associate Professor of Geography, Birzeit University, Palestine | Remnant Agro-ecology: Notes from the Fertile Crescent
Panel DiscussionsKansas Black Farmers Association Panel Discussion | We Have Always Been at the Roots: The Black Farm Experience | A conversation with Donna McClish, Web Davis, and Ryan Tenney. Hosted by Dr. JohnElla Holmes, KBFA Executive Director and President.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 InstituteThe Old Future is Gone | A conversation with Eric Schlosser and Wes Jackson
Prairie Festival Featured ArtistErin Wiersma | evolve | become: works on paper from the Konza Prairie
Hosted byThe Land Institute and Rachel Stroer, President
Reports, Activities, and Field ToursUpdate on Progress Toward a Perennial Future | The Land Institute researchers
Musical GuestsPaul Winter, Henrique Eisenmann, Ann Zimmerman, The Land Band, and more!
Special Events & HappeningsKernza® Perennial Grain Pancake Feed | A Saturday morning tradition!Red Barn Art Gallery |works by Erin Wiersma, Wes Jackson, and Priti CoxYouth Program | Activities, Art Projects, Stories, and more. Ages 5-15 are welcome!Bookstore | Books by Prairie Festival authors, The Land Institute team, and friends, plus a variety of Land Institute items.Leland’s Shack | Visit the once-home of Leland Lorenzen to see a down-powered life lived within limits.Book Signings | Join Wes Jackson, Erin Wiersma, and more!Sunrise Activities | Sunday morning Prairie Walk and Sunrise YogaHorse-Drawn Wagon Rides | See the grounds from the back of a down-powered conveyance.Concessions | Purchase beverages, breakfast items, and snacks from the local Prairieland Market.Local Food Trucks | Friday and SaturdaySubject to change, more details to come.