Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


James Bowden

Research Technician, Ecology

James is a native of Salina, Kansas. Describing himself as “about as local as they come,” his family farms in nearby Gypsum, he graduated with a bachelor’s in Chemistry from Bethany College a half an hour south of Salina in Lindsborg, and he spent time working near McPherson. He also claims to know all the best fishing holes in the tri-county area. James spent several years in Quality Control at Pfizer, has lived abroad in Chile and Panama, and is fluent in Spanish.

Watch James explain some of his current work.


What’s most inspiring about your position at The Land Institute?

It is inspiring to work with scientists who are on the leading edge of developing perennial polycultures, and with people who are excited to solve difficult problems.

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role?

I get to drink strong, delicious, locally roasted coffee every morning.

What drew you to work at The Land Institute?

The Land Institute is close to my home and is dedicated to improving the culture that I love: farming.

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