We are uplifting the language of the wild by becoming the wild itself.

Executive Director, Lead Educator

Daniel Firth Griffith

Daniel Firth Griffith is a storyteller, regenerative farmer, and a lover of the wildwoods. He is an undeserving father to three wonderful children and an unworthy husband to the best partner this world has to give.

A first-generation agrarian with a background in high-technology and entrepreneurship—Daniel co-founded and successfully exited an international and top-award-winning digital engagement agency while in college—, Daniel’s life pivoted after being diagnosed with a life-threatening and degenerative genetic disease. After seven painful and all-too-real years of living in hospitals and the like, he turned to farming—what ultimately emerged into regenerative conservation work—as “the last resort” in his health’s journey. What he found was a life complete with abundance, joy, and health.

In 2013, Daniel’s interest in the nourishing meeting ground between regenerative systems and ancient origins culminated in the academic partnership with ONIRIS’ (Nantes-Atlantic National College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering) bioengineering department in the effort to examine paleoanthropology’s then budding insights into the formation of early Hominoid genetics via the in-person examination of Paleolithic French Cave Art and systems from Nantes to Lascaux, France.

Daniel graduated academia magna cum laude with focuses in computer science, mathematics, and history and is an active member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honors Society. Upon graduation, he was awarded as the top student in all three of his studies, a rare feat in the University’s nearly two-hundred-year history, and his graduating dissertation is used to this day as an indicator of student success. He is currently working toward his doctorate in History, expected completion 2024.

Today, Daniel is the founder and director of the Robinia Institute, the Mid-Atlantic Hub of the Savory Institute and works closely with Allan and his team to advocate, educate, and demonstrate the abundance, joy, and regenerative power of holistically managed and wild living systems. Robinia offers holistic management and wildland ecology courses, apprenticeships, land transition consulting and system design services across the United States and leads the implementation of the Savory Institute’s Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) protocol in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Under Daniel’s leadership, Robinia is pioneering land transition and regenerative scaling capital and consulting projects alongside bioregion-wide producer network emergence to co-create a uniformly diverse abundance in their region.

Daniel also runs Timshel Wildland with his wife and three children, a pioneering rewilding project on their family’s 400-acre emergent and process-led landscape in Central Virginia. Timshel nurtures peace, grass-fed and finished beef and lamb, happiness, heritage hogs, a multiplicity of wild and chaotic gardens that produce heritage poultry, heirloom vegetables, and fruits. Alongside pioneering systems, “The Wildland” in 2021 embarked on a journey under Daniel’s leadership to develop a decentralized network of privately-funded, human-scale, and ethical meat processing abattoirs that utilize holistic field harvesting, whole-animal utilization, and a general lack of mechanized infrastructure as its foundation.

Daniel is a Certified Permaculture Designer and Educator, Accredited Professional of the Savory Institute, Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) Hub Verifier and Regional Trainer, and a Doctorate Student at the Ashbrook Center for Political Affairs.

In October 2020, Daniel published Boone: An Unfinished Portrait, a wild biography of Daniel Boone that has, although not entirely highly-reviewed and received by the commons, become a pivotal work in the academic scholarship of one of America’s foremost woodsmen.

In March 2021, Daniel published, Wild Like Flowers: The Restoration of Relationship through Regeneration, a book about regenerative agriculture gone wild. Wild Like Flowers within its first year of publication has sold many thousands of copies, enjoyed time as a #1 best seller on Amazon, was awarded an Indie Publishing Award in Nature and Environmental Essays, and effected the hearts and souls of the agrarian movement. The book received a wide array of influential “blurbs” from Joel Salatin calling it the regenerative movements’ “devotional,” to Gabe Brown declaring that it provides the “words [that] so many in the Regenerative Movement are missing,” to Judith D. Schwartz calling it a “buoyant riff that gets to the heart of regenerative farming,” to Allan Savory calling Daniel the “poet laureate of holistic management.”

Robinia EOV Monitor

Jake Puckett

Regensylvania Hub Leader, Robinia EOV Monitor

Eli Mack

Eli studied with Robinia for years, learning the complex intricacies of wildland ecology and holistic management, graduating as an Accredited Professional of the Savory Institute and Verified EOV Monitor with Robinia.

Eli has worked in different aspects of Agriculture all his whole life and started his farming efforts at the age of twelve, when he bought his first two cows.

Being young and poor, he didn’t have the means to raise grain-fed beef like the “real farmers” around, so he and his dad sunk their teeth into our first taste of rotational grazing. After all, grass was free!

After highschool, Eli attended a grazing conference in Clarion, PA where Greg Judy was the keynote speaker. He had no idea who Greg was at the time, and he proceeded to flip my world upside-down as he described his grazing methods and natural practices. From that moment on, Eli has been head-over-heels for grazing and natural practices.

Over time, his passion for complex and natural systems fermented and sweetened, providing him solutions to environmental, social, and climate issues.

He is the owner and farmer at Mack Farms, a 60+ acre regenerative and diversified livestock operation in Pennsylvania, raising Highland Cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens.

Eli is the founder of Regensylvania, a network aimed to regenerate Pennsylvania through relationship, education, and commerce.

Robinia EOV Monitor

Drew Grim

Drew is a homesteading powerhouse and passionate soil advocate. With his wife, Lacey, Drew has been pursuing the self-sufficient life for over 19 years. With their combined knowledge as a Holistic Health Coach, Certified Permaculture Designers, and now an Accredited Professional through Savory Institute, Lacey and drew are eager to help the willing tap into their own capabilities to live more fully the life of their dreams.

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