Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


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Carrie Carpenter

Manager of Advancement Services and Annual Giving

Carrie calls Salina home, but dreams of someday living within a day’s drive of the ocean. She has dual degrees in English and Psychology, both of which come in handy when answering emails, creating and sending The Land Institute’s Scoop e-newsletter, giving tours, and writing brochures and more than 1,500 donor thank-you notes each year. She says the most inspiring thing about her job is working with The Land Institute’s donors: “Their passion and dedication to our work is energizing and humbling all at the same time. Corresponding with them is the most fulfilling part of my job.” When she was in elementary school her parents were involved in planning stages of The Land Institute, so she’s honored to carry on the family tradition.


What has been your proudest moment at The Land Institute?
Although Wes is always quoting, “Pride goeth before a fall,” it makes my day when I am told that my passion for The Land and my gratitude to our donors comes through in something I’ve written. Both emotions are sincerely and deeply felt. I’m relieved to know it comes across.

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at The Land Institute?
I’m the main office rodent/snake/insect/arachnid wrangler. If something has paid us a surprise visit, I catch it and take it out to set it free. They give me the creeps, but I just can’t kill things. My most surprising “round-up” was a baby scorpion.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Discovering new authors, trying to pair food with the perfect wine, renovating my house, finding the ultimate dessert, and losing myself in a brilliant movie. (Yes, I’m an escapist, not a realist.)

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“Leave it better than you found it.” That was my Dad’s rule. Whether it was a piece of borrowed equipment, a vacation cabin, a situation at work, or the planet as a whole, when your time with it is done, it should have benefited from your presence.

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