Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Malachi DeHaan

Research Assistant

Malachi DeHaan is from Salina, Kansas, where he graduated from high school in 2021 as a lifelong homeschooler. He worked at The Land Institute the summer of 2020 as a farmhand and knows how to do many of the jobs and the locations of fields and equipment. In addition, he owns a 3D printer and has experience in programming, which he used for several projects for the crop improvement program.

What’s most inspiring about your specific position at The Land Institute?
It always amazes me that people travel across the country to work at The Land Institute in 95-degree weather all summer!

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at The Land Institute?
I write auto hot key scripts to switch windows on a computer.

What drew you to work at The Land Institute?
It is close to my house so I can bike to it, and during COVID, it was the only job I could find.

What has been your proudest moment at The Land Institute?
When I tested my 3D printed slotted sieve design against a standard sieve for silphium and found that mine works much better.

What The Land Institute perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
I always like Kernza perennial grain sourdough bread.

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?  

I’ve never had a Coke or Pepsi.


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