Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Abigail Han

Research Resident, Perennial Legumes

Abbi first came to The Land Institute as an intern in 2018. A semester before completing her degree in Crop & Soil Science at Virginia Tech, she joined the Research Resident program in 2019 and finished her degree remotely to begin her work in the Perennial Legume program. As a resident, her work has focused on studying kura clover for use in a perennial groundcover system while assisting with other projects in the lab. Abbi also began a collaboration with Sacred Seed, an indigenous seed-keeping organization, and planted a plot of the “Four Sisters” in an exploration of intercropping and ancient agricultural methods.


What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
One of my favorite things that I occasionally get to do is share my experiences and knowledge with groups that come visit TLI. Once, a group of 30 kindergartners came for a field trip and I got to show them some fun lab experiments!

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Learning about anything – at the moment it’s aquatic plants and the role of religion in human-environment relations.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“What speaks to the soul, escapes our measurements.” – Alexander von Humboldt

What were you like at age 10?
I wore exclusively track pants, tennis shoes, and a sweatshirt every day and couldn’t eat my dinner without a book in my hand.

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