Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Camden Smithtro


Camden Smithtro’s family currently lives in Monterey, California, where she spent the majority of the pandemic lockdown. However, these days her heart is in New Haven, Connecticut, where she is currently attending college! Camden has finished three years of school at Yale College and will graduate in May 2022 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a Food and Agriculture concentration. She loves studying environmental anthropology, policy, and the ways humans interact with our food and our environment.


What drew you to work at TLI?
I was drawn in by the mission statement of the Land Institute, and the promise of working with great people on world changing work! I have also spent perhaps too much time on the coasts the last few years, and was attracted to a summer in an entirely new region of the country.

What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
I bake a lot of bread, so I’m looking forward to incorporating some Kernza wheat into my whole grain loaves.

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I moved around a lot as a kid! My dad was in the Air Force, so our family lived in six different states when I was growing up.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
In my free time I knit, embroider, cook, and bake. During lockdown I started skateboarding, which I am still pretty bad at, and bought a guitar, which I am very bad at. I love picking up new projects!

Support the work of Camden and others at The Land Institute with a donation.


Share On: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Select other ways to share