Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Patricia Mathu


Patricia comes to The Land Institute from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is heading into her senior year at the University of Texas at Dallas where she studies history, with minors in geography and political science.


What drew you to work at TLI?
Perennial agriculture is the future! I have used archaeology to study ancient agriculture through the Center for American Archeology, National Science Foundation, and the University of Reading and am excited to apply what I’ve learned to today’s systems of food security.

What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
I am looking forward to feeding my sourdough starter Kernza!

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I love sending and receiving letters! Some of my friends and I exchange poems through the mail and we’ve dubbed it the poetry post – it always brings a smile to my face!

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“These are the days that must happen to you,” from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.”

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