Volume 24, Number 1
Land of the Osages Research Center:
Opportunity and Partnership at the Center for Agroforestry
By Hannah Hemmelgarn | Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri
Doug Allen, pictured right, was a tremendous friend and supporter of the
Center for Agroforestry. On his passing, he bequeathed his farm and an
endowment to support the farm to the University of Missouri Center for
Agroforestry. This farm, now officially named the Land of the Osages
Research Center, is the first new MU research center farm in over 30 years.
Doug's wishes for the farm to be a point of
connection between the Center for Agroforestry and
the people Native to this land is guiding the direction
of this special place. On Tuesday, October 29th, MU
and the Center for Agroforestry, with delegates from
the Osage Nation including Chief Standing Bear and
several members of the Osage Congress and
Traditional Cultural Advisors, came together at the
Land of the Osages Research Center to formally
recognize this important new relationship.
The event featured an opening ceremony that paid tribute to the Center's partnership with the Osage Nation, including
prayers from Osage singers, insightful and inspiring words from Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear, Osage Speaker Joe Tillman,
Osage Traditional Cultural Advisors Chairman Norman Akers, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright, CAFNR Dean Chris Daubert, and UMCA Director Sarah Lovell. Christopher Daubert,
Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
shared that "CAFNR is so proud to be opening the Land of the
Osages Research Center... [the donor] wished to build a partnership
between the Osage Nation and agroforestry, which is something
CAFNR is thrilled to continue". Despite below freezing
temperatures, nearly 200 people including representation from MU,
the nearby community, supporters of the Center for Agroforestry,
and the Osage Nation attended the morning grand opening
ceremonies, a warm hearty lunch, and an afternoon field day,
abbreviated due to weather.
"This is such an exciting day, and we're so thankful for Doug's willingness to pave the way for this center to become a reality"
said Sarah Lovell, co-superintendent of the research center with Dusty Walter, and director of the University of Missouri
Center for Agroforestry. "His gift will allow us to further our already strong agroforestry programs and research, as well as
build collaborations with the Osage Nation." Lovell is also the current H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor, established by
Doug Allen in 2006. Future plans for the 550 acre Ozark farm include demonstration trials, internship opportunities and
workshops with relevance to Osage partners and rural Missouri communities.