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
Drew Grim
Jesse McDougall

Board & Mentorship

Allan Savory
Daniela Ibarra-Howell

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. 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.”

Daniel’s next book, published Autumn, 2022, is a children’s historical novel of the Early American West, published by Ashbrook University Press.

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.

Educator

Drew Grim

Savory Accredited Professional Educator
Co-Founder, The Schoolhouse Life

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.

Educator & Consultant

Jesse McDougall

Savory Accredited Professional

Jesse McDougall is the co-owner and Hub Leader at Studio Hill–a 4th/5th-generation family farm and Savory Influencer Hub in Vermont. He is an Holistic Management Accredited Professional, Co-Founder and Director of Agriculture of the Regenerative Food Network, and a guest lecturer at Bennington College.

In 2012, Jesse and his wife, Cally, started the process of converting their family farm from conventional management to holistic management. In the years since, they’ve seen once-degraded fields of sand and rock restored to natural abundance–bursting perennial pastures growing in healthy soil, with robust microbiological communities, thriving wildlife, and vigorous plant growth. Jesse now consults with farmers and land managers around the globe on ecosystem restoration.

Jesse and Cally live, with their two children, on their family farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

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