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The Kernza® Network

Kernza® Grain: From a wild perennial grass to store shelves

Starting with hobbyist bakers on staff at The Land Institute, Kernza® has been tested in kitchens across the country for over a decade. Innovative chefs, bakers, brewers, distillers, researchers, and growers are using Kernza® in place of or combined with wheat or other grains. If you have a current licensing agreement with The Land Institute (2019 or later) and would like to add your organization to the directory please fill out this form.
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United States
Cascadian Farm

Cascadian Farm began working with Kernza® in 2017. In 2019 we launched the first cereal by a national brand, Cascadian Farm Honey Toasted Kernza® Cereal. Cascadian Farm, and our parent company General Mills, continue to show interest in Kernza® because of its intrinsic regenerative agricultural benefits as a perennial crop, and how it may potential help us address climate changes in the future.

Minnesota
Estling Farms

We began growing Kernza® in 2014. We have experience growing perennial grasses and like the benefits of the grasses in our crop rotation. With spring flooding, and higher rainfall events, we like to grow Kernza® as filter strips to reduce soil erosion and we still have an economic benefit besides just ecological.

Minnesota
Perennial Pantry

Perennial Pantry exists to bring delicious, climate positive food staples to your kitchen. An offshoot of Sprowt Labs, Perennial Pantry is a direct to consumer brand offering dehulled grain and flour.

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Minnesota
Vander Kooi Farm

Planted first in September 2019. With a lighter soil and being organic, wanted to plant something else in the rotation. Like a challenge.

In partnership with Patagonia Provisions, we created two Northwest-style beers, Long Root Pale Ale and Long Root Wit. These beers were made from organic ingredients and feature the first commercial use of Kernza, a perennial grain which thrives without pesticides. It uses less water and removes more carbon from the atmosphere than annual grain, this is what originally sparked our interest in the use of Kernza. After years of brewing with Kernza, we also know now that it produces delicious beer.

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Minnesota
Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water District

Pilot site participant with UMN's ENRTF Project entitled: "Preventing Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater using Perennial Grains". 54 acres planted in 2017 within a highly vulnerable wellfield located in southwest Minnesota. As a public water supplier, very interested in an alternative means to reduce nitrate loading in groundwater sources and particularly public drinking water supplies.

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Minnesota
Fresh Energy

Fresh Energy’s Center for Pollinators in Energy partners with leading food and beverage companies in creations that pair Kernza with honey harvested from flowering solar farms.

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Our specialty is working with sprouted grain. We wanted to sprout kernza® to see what we could do with it and developed a Sprouted Kernza® cracker and put it on Amazon. It quickly attracted interest and sales. Customers wanted to buy Kernza® from us so they could work with it at home. We then offered a sprouted kernza® flour for our customers and this too became a very popular product for us.

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Minnesota
Canon River Watershed

We’re collaborating with the University of Minnesota and two farmers to research the effects of fall grazing of Kernza® biomass on subsequent Kernza® grain production. Each farmer planted 6 acres of Kernza® - one in 2018 -one in 2019. The Kernza® planted in 2018 was harvested in August 2019 with the seed purchased by the University of Minnesota. The vegetative regrowth was grazed in October with 3 exclosures as controls. Biomass quantity and quality was tested. Future Kernza® grain yields will compare the grazed areas with controls. Enterprise budgets will compare profit potential of Kernza® for grain and forage. We’re also collaborating with local brewers and bakers to create fermented and baked products. Six amateur brewers made Kernza® beer using different amounts of Kernza® in the mash. These beers will be taste tested along with a locally made cracker recipe at a Science Cafe hosted monthly by Carleton College in Northfield, MN. University of Minnesota Kernza® researchers, the local Kernza® growers, brewers and bakers will be present at this event which is free and open to the public. Imminent Brewing will brew a large batch of Kernza® beer for a debut in February 2020.

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Five years ago we hosted an artist in residence who was a master baker and baked Kernza® bread for visitors to taste at a public event. We are working to add Kernza® to our current offerings.

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Nebraska
University of Nebraska
Canada
University of Manitoba
Kansas
University of Kansas
Israel
Tel Aviv University
Sweden
Lund University
France
ISARA-Lyon
Kansas
The Land Institute
Minnesota
Birchwood Cafe

We have used Kernza® in pancakes, waffles, breads, bars and grain salads in the cafe and on our fanmous Heirloom Tomato Sweet Corn BLT on Kernza® focaccia at the Minnesota State Fair. We also included a Kernza® recipe in the Birchwood Cafe Cookbook published in 2015. By featuring Kernza® on our menu and the Kernza® story in our communications, we can connect our community to the food we eat with the awareness that our food choices can and do have an impact on the world around us. We are inspired by the perennial agriculture paradigm and Kernza®'s benefit to water and soil quality, climate change, community health and well being. We enjoy the collaborative nature of all the partners at the table working together to bring the supply chain to fruition. And it tastes great too!

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Minnesota
Bang Brewing
New York
Cornell University
New York
Hudson Valley Farm Hub

Hudson Valley Farm Hub grows Kernza® and has a decided to donate their harvest to The Land Institute, helping to support the on-going research that will bring Kernza® to the forefront of the perennial grain revolution

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North Dakota
Healthy Food Ingredients

Healthy Food Ingredients is an organic and non-gmo grain and seed company that specializes in unique and planet friendly supply chains. We have partnered with key players in the Kernza® supply chain to grow out Kernza® supply and to install food grade cleaning and dehulling of Kernza® for the food industry.

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Green Lands Blue Waters

Green Land Blue Waters promotes Continuous Living Cover farming because the way we farm can be a solution to big challenges - climate, water, wildlife, and vibrant, just rural communities.

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Minnesota
Sprowt Labs

Sprowt Labs became the first distributor of Kernza in 2019. They are developing Kernza malt with their pilot malting technology and working to scale production to bring Kernza into widespread use in the craft beverage industry.

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Kansas
Sustain-A-Grain, LLC

We began growing Kernza® in polycultures and practicing rotational grazing in 2018. We also supply Kernza® seed and collaborate with growers as Kernza® handlers to build stable supply chains.

Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin

Intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) is the first perennial grain crop in the world, currently marketed as “Kernza®”. We are researching this new perennial crop to develop a dual-use, grain and forage system, which will increase profitability, reduce adoption risks for farmers, and facilitate a landscape-scale transition to perennial agriculture in the US Upper Midwest and the world.

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Working together we can enhance and develop new agricultural systems that will improve natural resources and provide new economic opportunities. Our team consists of experts in the areas of genomics, breeding, agronomics and commercialization.

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California
Patagonia Provisions

In 2016, we released the first commercial product made with Kernza, Long Root Ale. Grown regeneratively & organically, Kernza restores soil and sequesters carbon - a solution to the climate crisis.

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Washington
Cascadian Farm

Cascadian Farm began working with Kernza® in 2017. In 2019 we launched the first cereal by a national brand, Cascadian Farm Honey Toasted Kernza® Cereal. Cascadian Farm, and our parent company General Mills, continue to show interest in Kernza® because of its intrinsic regenerative agricultural benefits as a perennial crop, and how it may help us address climate changes in the future.

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