Butterflies, Bluegreens, Kilowatts & Calories

Possible policies to promote perennials for cleaner water and better habitat

August 16-17, 2019

Hosted at Willow Lake Farm
Windom, Minnesota


Please register by August 9, 2019

How do we find a path to cleaner water and better habitat while maintaining agricultural profitability? What will it cost and how can we pay for it?

To help answer these questions, we will present tangible examples of policies that could improve water quality and habitat by creating incentivized markets for products derived from novel, perennial cropping systems.

Announcement PDF


Why Is This Important?

Recent increases in harmful blue-green algal blooms in many lakes and the steep decline in Monarch butterflies are signatures of the trends in agricultural intensification and loss of perennial lands/crops.
Measurable improvements to water quality and habitat hinge on reshaping the discussion about affordable ways to implement perennial vegetation/crops. We must think about products such as electricity and fuel (kilowatts) and food (calories) as markets that can be developed and modified to utilize large acreages of perennial feedstocks. This will create a landscape that benefits both water quality and habitat.



Summit Information

When: August 16-17, 2019
Where: 93532 520th Avenue, Windom, MN 56101
Admission: FREE
Registration Required: Link above

August 16th
Lunch provided during the conference
Optional dinner and evening barn dance with live music
Overnight campsites available

August 17th
Light breakfast provided
Local tours (within walking and driving distance)
Optional dinner and evening barn dance with live music 



Willow Lake Farm Information

Greetings from Willow Lake Farm!

Friday, August 16th, the Willow Lake Farm will warmly welcome visitors for a weekend of conversations, swimming, camping, field trips, homegrown food and live music. There are many fun things to do in Windom and the surrounding area during the weekend of the summit. Local, authentic Ethiopian meals, and festive barn dances with live music cap off each evening. Open to family and friends!

To get to Willow Lake Farm, take Highway 71 south out of Windom Minnesota for 2.5 miles, turn left onto Jackson County Road 36. Drive for 2 more miles then take a left onto 520th Avenue. The farm is located on the first and only driveway on the right.

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