Forever Green Partnership
The Forever Green Partnership is a multi-sector partnership working to advance year-round productive living cover or "Continuous Living Cover" on farmland.
The Partnership unites members from private, public, and advocacy sectors around a common interest in increasing Continuous Living Cover in agriculture to capitalize on its many economic and environmental benefits.
We work to diversify and strengthen Midwestern agriculture by adding crops that can grow in fall and spring as well as summer and can thrive on slopes and other locations where row crops struggle.
Convened and hosted by the University of Minnesota, the Partnership seeks to be inclusive and enhance equity and diversity as it increases Continuous Living Cover.
Healthy rural economies
We want farmers to have more and better options to keep acres profitable while being good stewards. Standard conservation programs play important roles, but we envision a not-so-distant future where the crops themselves provide economic and conservation benefits.
(Read more from farmer Paul Novotny.)
We support more inclusive agricultural policies and advocate for crops and practices that have the power to keep drinking water safe and affordable.
(Read more about the connection between drinking water and Continuous Living Cover from the Star Tribune.)
Some agricultural practices have unintended consequences for the health of our soils, lakes and rivers. The most efficient and realistic long-term solution to these problems is to increase the amount of profitable "Continuous Living Cover" acreage.
Living cover crops and practices are also more climate- and severe-weather resilient.