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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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Showing 1 - 6 of 6 Partners

Minnesota
Helmbrink Farms

We are a family farming operation with cattle, row crops and planted out first Kernza in the fall of 2019. We also have a precision agriculture business to help farmers become more efficient in there own operations.

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
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.

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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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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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.