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

The Robinia Institute is a community of regenerative pioneers, ecologists, conservationists, sustainable foresters, field biologists, published authors and poets, and overall moovers, groovers, true-bluers. Robinia was founded in 2019 as the educational and consulting center of Timshel Wildland, a 400-acre process-led & emergent conservation landscape in Nelson County, Virginia.

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MID-ATLANTIC HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT

We are a Regional Hub of the Savory Institute

We are a Regional Hub of the Savory Institute

With a mission to facilitate the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands and the livelihoods of their inhabitants, through holistic management.

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MOOVERS, GROOVERS, TRUE-BLUERS

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Management

Daniel Firth Griffith, Director
Morgan Griffith, Field Biologist

Educators & APs

Daniel Firth Griffith
Meri Lillia Mullins

Board & Mentorship

Allan Savory
Daniela Ibarra-Howell
Daniel Firth Griffith

Executive Director

Daniel Firth Griffith

Lead Educator and Consultant
Savory Accredited Professional Educator
Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) Program Director
EOV Lead Monitor & Trainer
EOV Hub Verifier

Daniel Firth Griffith is a storyteller, regenerative farmer, and a lover of the wildwoods. A first-generation farmer with a background in high-technology and entrepreneurship, Daniel’s life pivoted after being diagnosed with a life-threatening and degenerative genetic disease in 2012. He turned to farming—what ultimately emerged into regenerative conservation work—as “the last resort” in his health journey. What he found, however, was a life complete with abundance, joy, and health.

Daniel graduated academia magna cum laude with focuses in comupter 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 feet in the University’s nearly two-hundred year history, and his graduating disseration is used to this day as an indicator of student success. Post graduation, Daniel became the President of an International Software Development and High-Technology firm and immediately worked to scale its efforts as one of the top agencies in the North East, working with clients such as John Deere, Sherwin-Williams, Roto-Rooter, Sheraton, and more.

In 2012, although he entered college as National Champion Wrestler and top D1 recruit in Football, he was diagnosed with a degenerative genetic diseases and his life pivoted. He spent the majority of the next years in hospital beds and surgical tables–watching his friends become Super Bowl Champions and Olympians. In 2015, weighing less than he did in 6th grade and upon the ideation of his mother, Daniel and his wife, Morgan, turned to farming as a step toward “active health.” There, in the bounties of the Natural World, he found peace and health.

In 2016, Daniel founded Timshel Wildland, a 400-acre regenerative, process-led, and emergent conservation landscape in Central Virginia that partners with the wild world to co-create nutritious abundance—beef, pork, lamb, poultry, ancient vegetables, fruit, and peace. He is the Director of the Robinia Institute, a regional Hub of the Savory Institute that offers courses, consultations, and apprenticeships in the fields of natural citizenship, holistic management, and wild ecology.

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 is a best-selling author, speaker, emergent conservationist, and an unworthy father to Elowyn, Tecumseh, and Sequoia.

His published works include: Boone: An Unfinished Portrait and Wild Like Flowers: The Restoration of Relationship Through Regeneration.

Morgan Griffith

Co-Founder & Field Biologist

Morgan Griffith

EOV Monitor

Morgan’s passion for rich living systems fermented during her time in college, where she studied Field Biology under a full-ride scholarship for Track and Field (pole-vault). She is a true city-girl turned farmer and is a power-house mentally and physically.

Morgan is Robinia’s senior ecological montior and field engineer. She is head of operations and runs the system’s design aspects of the Institute, utilizing her unique blend of biological understanding and system’s thinking.

Meri Lillia Mullins

Assistant Educator

Meri Lillia Mullins

Savory Accredited Professional Educator Candidate
Founder, Growing Resillience

Meri supports farmers and ranchers to thrive both ecologically and economically through de-risking the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices via intentional community context creation and understanding, public policy action to incentivize and derisk soil health practices, creative transition financing and technical assistance, carbon and ecosystem service program development, and the expanding of regional food infrastructure to support small-medium family farms

Meri firmly believes that there is a triad of government policy, private finance and public markets that is critical in accelerating this work. With the loss of farm land to development and soil erosion, nutrient deficient food, poor farm economics and climate instability we need urgent unified action to save our planet, our food system, and support the ones who feed us.

Allan Savory

Board Member & Mentor

Allan Savory

Founder and President of the Savory Institute

He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and became the leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued to work with land managers through his consulting business. The growth of that business, a desire to assist many more people and the need for furthering his work led him to continue its development in the nonprofit world. In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa.

In 2009 Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado to serve the world through an international network of entrepreneurial innovators and leaders committed to serving their regions with the highest standards of Holistic Management training and implementation support. The Africa Centre became the first of the Savory Institute’s locally led and managed “hubs.”

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Board Member & Mentor

Daniela Ibarra-Howell

Co-Founder and CEO of the Savory Institute

A native Argentinean, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Daniela is an agronomist by profession and holds a MS in Natural Resource Management and Economics. With over 25 years of international experience in ranching, Holistic Management, and collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, Daniela co founded with Allan Savory and other colleagues the Savory Institute in 2009, and became its CEO in 2011.

Since then she has led her team in the design and implementation of a revolutionary entrepreneurial, self-sustaining global impact strategy for large-scale restoration of grasslands through Holistic Management to tackle global food and water security, and climate change issues.

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“To pay attention is to see the remarkable. In many ways far too real, it is to see ourselves in the ordinary, the daily, the mundane miracles of Creation.”

“To pay attention is to see the remarkable. In many ways far too real, it is to see ourselves in the ordinary, the daily, the mundane miracles of Creation.”

Daniel Firth Grififth, Wild Like Flowers: The Restoration of Relationship Through Regeneration