Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Levi Geyer

General Research Assistant

Levi Geyer hails from rural Iowa. He has an Associate of Arts degree in Disaster Management from Hesston College and is a Senior in Environmental Science at Eastern Mennonite University.

What work experiences are most relevant to your position at The Land Institute?
My experience as a farm hand and growing up on a farm has given me experience with agriculture and a perspective that pairs well with my education. I am very familiar with current food system issues including hydrocarbon dependency.

What’s most inspiring about your position at The Land Institute?
The Land Institute has been around a long time and is doing vital work. In my research assistant position, I hope to learn a lot and contribute whatever I can to the work of the larger team.

What drew you to work at The Land Institute?
The Land Institute sits at the intersection between science and sustainable agriculture. I have been blessed with an education and look forward to exploring science careers. However, I am also keenly aware of the need for young farmers, and so am trying to decide whether I should be a farmer or something else. I’m excited to work here because the organization empowers farmers to take better care of their land and communities.

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I almost didn’t go to college, but I’m very glad I did!

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I am a passionate barefoot runner and hope to become a hobby entomologist.

What were you like at age 10?
Usually found in a tree or with my nose in a book.

What’s your motto/favorite quote?
“You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.” — Christopher McDougall

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