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Prairie Festival

“Carbon, Culture, and Change: From the Ground Up”

The Land Institute’s goal is to create an agriculture system that mimics natural systems in order to produce ample food and reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of industrial agriculture.

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.

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.

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.



Friday, September 27

  • Registration opens 4-6 pm

  • Barn dance starts at 8 pm

Saturday, September 28

  • Registration starts at 7 am

  • Festival speakers and events 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday, September 29

  • Festival speakers and events 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Bookstore closes 1:00 pm