Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
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Abigail Han

Research Resident

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.

Q&A

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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