The third time was the charm for John and Dorothy Priske of Fall River, Wis. After being finalists three years in a row, they were selected as the winners of the 2021 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award.
In 2017, in collaboration with University of Wisconsin researchers, John and Dorothy planted 12 acres of Kernza, a perennial grain with an extensive root system. Two years later, they hosted an international Kernza conference, attracting researchers from across the globe to view their fields of the deep-rooted wheatgrass species. Their grain was sold to Patagonia Provisions, which made the world’s first beer from Kernza, aptly named Long Root Ale.
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