Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Malachi DeHaan

Research Assistant

Malachi DeHaan is from Salina, Kansas, and is currently attending Kansas State University in Computer Engineering.

What’s most inspiring about your specific position at The Land Institute?
I see the plants I worked with improving over time through the use of cutting-edge breeding techniques.

What drew you to work at The Land Institute?
I worked at The Land Institute for two summers before. And I live right next door so I can easily bike to work.

What The Land Institute perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Kernza sourdough bread – I’ve had it before and still want more!

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
When I was little I wanted to be in a choir. When I was older I realized I didn’t like singing that much and am a sub-par vocalist. I quit choir and learned to play the guitar instead.

What else are you passionate about outside of work?
3D printing, school, biking, table tennis, hobby electronics.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
Realistically, it would be the owner’s manual for some electronic device, or possibly an idiot’s guide to programming.

What’s your motto?
The importance of an orderly mind.

What were you like at age 10?
I’ve always been fascinated with mechanical and electronic devices. I loved to build things or work on projects with my Dad.

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