Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Cindy Thompson

Greenhouse Assistant

Cindy nurtures plants in the greenhouse, and her roots at The Land Institute go deep. In 1977, she was a member of the second class of students at The Land Institute, learning from founder Wes Jackson about the environment and the need to consider alternatives in agriculture, energy, shelter, and waste disposal. Prior to that, she majored in Survival Studies at Kansas Wesleyan University, a major Jackson started when he taught at the local university. Then it was off to Kansas State University, where Cindy earned a degree in solar engineering. Today, she works from fall through spring at The Land greenhouse and, in the summer, is a gardener for the Salina Food Bank. Along the way she had six children. And in her spare time? What spare time?


What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.” – Terry Pratchett

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