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Tastes Great, Less Tilling

Kernza® is a robust perennial grain that is pleasing palates and enriching fields around the world. Farmers, chefs, researchers and food businesses are using it to shift the agricultural paradigm from an annual model to a perennial future, from an extractive imperative to a regenerative reality.

Climate Positive

Kernza® grain’s extensive root system reaches over 10 feet underground, and is a net sink for atmospheric carbon. Research is showing that perennial grains like Kernza® are one of the most robust and effective solutions known to sequester carbon on our productive lands.

Growing Yields

Breeders at The Land Institute and partner organizations have doubled the seed yield of Kernza® grain in a decade. Beyond grain production, perennial crops yield an ecological benefit that promises to sustain soil and human caloric needs for millennia.

Incredible Taste

Kernza® grain’s sweet, nutty flavor works deliciously as an ingredient in bread, cereals, snacks. It can be used as a whole grain, as flour, and can be malted or mixed directly into beer and whiskey. We’ve even tasted delicious ice cream made with Kernza® grain!

Explore the Kernza® Network

100+ visionary farmers, 53 research partners, and dozens of food and beverage producers are on the journey to a perennial future. Learn more about what they are doing and get connected via our Kernza® grain network.

Resources

Everything there is to know about Kernza® perennial grain.

Handlers

Learn how Kernza® grain gets from the farm to the plate including transporation, storage, cleaning, milling and more.

Makers

For everyone turning Kernza® into tasty products for eaters and drinkers via consumer packaged goods or restaurant menus.

Consumers

Are you a curious eater interested in joining the perennial revolution? Find a tasty Kernza® product near you.

Researchers

A global research collective is improving seed and investigating the ecological and social impacts of Kernza® grain.

Funders

Kernza® grain is a new crop in development: learn how it is funded, and how you can join the journey.

The benefits of Kernza have incredible promise to redirect the course of climate change and significantly improve planet health.

Maria Carolina Comings, Cascadian Farm Marketing Director

If we don’t get sustainability right in agriculture first, it won’t happen anywhere...

Wes Jackson, Co-founder of The Land Institute

Our goal is not for it to be a small-scale niche thing. We have landscape-scale problems.

Lee DeHaan, Lead breeder for Kernza® intermediate wheatgrass at The Land Institute

Kernza® in particular has extraordinarily deep root systems, meaning it delivers more organic material to the soil and can sequester more carbon.

Fred Iutzi, President of The Land Institute

We recognized the incredible attributes this crop could bring to agriculture. It’s delicious, it’s nutritious, and it acts as a sponge to carbon.

Birgit Cameron, Senior Director of Patagonia Provisions

Kernza® is not a household word yet, but it will be.

Christian Ettinger, Brewer at Hopworks Urban Brewery