Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
  • Land Institute Perennial & Annual Roots, Photo Credit: Jim Richardson

    10,000 Years of Agriculture

    Humans have been producing food using the same paradigm for 10,000 years. But the burden of a growing population and the impacts of an industrial approach to farming threaten the entire enterprise. We are working toward a solution.

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Sorghum Plant Heads

Perennial Crops

Natural ecosystems feature perennial plants. So does our approach to regenerative agriculture.

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Ecological Intensification Intercropping

Ecological Intensification

Sunlight. Water. Soil. Microbes. Plants. People. The Land Institute brings them all together for sustainable farming.

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Ecosphere Studies

Changing the way we think about the world and our place in it, through educational and cultural projects.

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“An Agroecological Worldview in Action” Workshop

The Land Institute will hold a free workshop Nov. 1-3 in Austin. The workshop will focus on understanding how to apply a perennial, polyculture philosophy for just food system transformation and will provide participants an opportunity to learn with community partners in an emerging urban food hub, especially around issues of diversity and equity.

November 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Huston-Tillotson University

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Interview With an Ecologist: Tim Crews, Director of Research and Lead Soil Ecologist

What got you into this field of work? I became interested in agriculture and horticulture in high school. I subscribed to the book of the month club from Rodale Press back in the ‘70s and…

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Scientific Publications

Perennial polyculture cropping systems are a novel agroecological approach used to mirror some of the ecological benefits provided by native perennial ecosystems including increased carbon and nitrogen storage, more stable…

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Western European agriculture is largely defined by the high level of productivity of its cereal grain production. Such productivity is largely a result of farm specialization and intensification. This approach…

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Abstract Allohexaploid (2n = 6x = 42) intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium), abbreviated IWG, is an outcrossing perennial grass belonging to the tertiary gene pool of wheat. Perenniality would be valuable option for grain production,…

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