Perennial Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

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PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science St. Louis

Join us for a discussion on efforts underway to increase biodiversity and stewardship of natural resources within Midwestern building, agricultural, and native landscapes!

From the irreplaceable complexities of native prairie ecosystems, to benefits offered by prairie plantings in designed landscapes, to new innovations aimed at creating ecologically sound and resilient agricultural practices, our speakers will share their wealth of knowledge.

In her role as Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Carol Davit is among our region’s most purposeful and passionate advocates focused on the critical importance of prairies,  which once covered more than 15 million acres of Missouri and occupied a 160-million domain across North America.  While reinforcing the critical importance of conserving remnant prairies, Carol will focus in on success stories of vibrant prairie plantings at corporate campuses, homes, and public spaces throughout Missouri, reinforcing how prairies can and should be a core, foundational component when designing outdoor spaces for people.

Scott Allegrucci will share The Land Institute’s work on perennializing grain, oil seed, and pulse varieties – the kinds of plants that make up much of our human diet – as an alternative to the current commodity crop agricultural model.  This is not about integrating edibles into designed landscapes, but rather, about ecologically sound and resilient agriculture that can evolve beyond niche practices. Scott will be joined by Dr. Claudia Ciotir, postdoctoral fellow on the Perennial Agriculture Project Global Inventory. This collaborative research partnership between the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis University and The Land Institute is evaluating data on wild, perennial plant species toward eventual use in sustainable agriculture programs spearheaded by The Land Institute.

Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
Scott Allegrucci, The Land Institute
Dr. Claudia Ciotir, Saint Louis University

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Registration & networking
6:15 -7:30 p.m. – Formal presentation

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free to all attendees!

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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-MGC staff at or 314-577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsor!

DJM Ecological

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