Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Bryce Hostetler Land Institute Intern

Bryce Hostetler


Originally from Dodge City, Kansas, Bryce spent his internship working on aspects of every project conducted by the scientists at The Land Institute, ranging from Silphium to perennial wheat. He graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Biology and Chemistry.


What’s been most inspiring about your time at The Land?

It has been inspiring to be around scientists who are working on a project that may not be achieved in their lifetime. Plant breeding is a fairly slow process and it may take decades before another grain like Kernza® perennial wheat has been domesticated and optimized. That said, it is an incredibly important goal to strive for and I admire all of the staff’s enthusiasm about working on such a large project!

What would people never guess that you’ve done as part of your role?

Playing ping-pong.

What drew you to work at The Land Institute?

After graduating from college, I spent a year at a non-profit that aimed to train beginning farmers in regenerative agriculture practices. This experience opened my eyes to many innovative agriculture and permaculture practices. As someone with a science background, I was drawn to The Land because it is using research to develop crops that will make no-till practices a reality – an incredibly important way to increase carbon sequestration and decrease soil erosion.

What perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?

Sorghum, purely for the reason that I have never tried it before.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot / Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


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