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We Might Be In Kansas After All

And if you are at the beginning of October, then you might be interested in attending the…
30th Anniversary of The Land Institute- Prairie Festival October 6-8, 2006 Not every non-profit organization that started with a $10,000 budget in 1976 is still going. This one started with a couple of dropped-out professor-teachers who came “back to the land.” They became The Land Institute with the help of two neighbors-those families are still represented on our board-and “The Land” has been growing ever since. So, please help us celebrate our 30th year. Our sights are on a $1.7 million budget and growing, and on increasing our 25 employees to carry on this big job. We’ll celebrate an innovative agenda, well on its way, of making possible a new agriculture by developing the perennial crop plants that will be grown in mixtures to provide food and numerous environmental improvements over current farm options. The benefits will run to the farmers and the landscape and everyone who eats. Please mark October 6-8 on your calendar. Program and presenter bios are on our Web site-see the Calendar section for “Prairie Festival” at www.landinstitute.org On the prairie, we’ll gather artists, scholars, critics, farmers, poets, historians, environmentalists, photographers, professors, writers, businessmen, musicians, scientists-and you-to contemplate, share, learn and discuss. Friday evening features a barn dance. Saturday presentations, music, exhibits, photography and food. Saturday evening in downtown Salina at Masonic Center-catered dinner and video-like show of conservation and formation of new national parks in Chile and Argentina. Sunday back at the barn for more thinking, visiting and discussions–adjourning at noon. Presenters: Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., an environmentally conscious floor-covering company. Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council. Wendell Berry, farmer, essayist, conservationist, novelist, teacher, poet. Laura Jackson, Professor of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, teaching ecology, conservation biology and environmental studies. Wes Jackson, founder and president of The Land Institute. David Orr, author of Ecological Literacy, directs Oberlin College’s Environmental Studies. Jim Richardson, photographer, well-known for his work for National Geographic Magazine. Doug Tompkins, businessman, athlete, designer, environmental activist, conservationist. Jakob von Uexkull, founder of The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, from Sweden, and past member of the European Parliament. Ann Zimmerman, Salina native, sings folksongs with her piano and guitar.


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