Who We Are

Canopy provides tree planting and management services to farmers and landowners in the Midwest. We establish perennial crops, timber plantings, conservation practices, and integrated agroforestry systems. We combine expert staff, thoughtful design, and a mobile fleet of state-of-the-art farm equipment to cost-effectively establish and manage profitable, diverse, and resilient agroecological systems. Canopy’s initial operational hubs are located in Champaign, IL and Spring Green, WI.

In an effort to overcome the major bottleneck in the supply of high quality plant material, Canopy also operates a plant nursery out of our WI hub. The nursery produces a wide range of perennial plants, with an emphasis on productive tree crops such as chestnut, walnut, pecan, hazelnut, heartnut, persimmon, pawpaw, black currant, and elderberry. Check back soon to reserve trees for 2022 once our nursery page goes live.

Canopy launched in 2022 in close partnership with the Savanna Institute, a non-profit research and education organization focused on tree-based regenerative agriculture. We continue to work closely with the Savanna Institute to ensure that our work leverages the latest science, state-of-the-art methods, and the most advanced tree genetics.

A Purpose-Driven Company

Canopy embodies an innovative ownership structure in which the majority of our profits are distributed to:

  • Non-profit entities supporting the widespread adoption of perennial agriculture and other natural climate solutions in the US, including the Savanna Institute
  • Our employees, regardless of their role on our team, bucking an age-old trend in the agricultural sector to forget the workers at the foundation of our agricultural system.

OUR TEAM

Juan Gutiérrez Álvarez

Juan Gutiérrez Álvarez

Farm Technician
Katlyn Pluer

Katlyn Pluer

Farm Technician
Eric Wolske

Eric Wolske

IL Hub Manager
McKenna Hansen

McKenna Hansen

Farm Technician
Tony Rudawski

Tony Rudawski

Farm Technician
Kevin Wolz

Kevin Wolz

CEO
Patrick Michaels

Patrick Michaels

CFO
Kimmy Schwartz

Kimmy Schwartz

Administrative Coordinator

John Middleton

Project & Nursery Manager
Matt Sutter

Matt Sutter

Farm Technician
MJ Oviatt

MJ Oviatt

Farm Technician
Dixie Toberman

Dixie Toberman

Nursery Manager