Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Land Institute Prairie Festival

Patti Johnson

Accounting Associate

A current resident of Marquette, Kansas, Patti grew up in Alexander in the west central area of the state. She has worked as a legal secretary, bookkeeper, accountant, office manager, treasurer and executive administrative assistant in the fields of banking and education.

At the Land Institute, Patti plays a large role in Prairie Festival registrations. She enjoys making the process run smoothly, as well as mingling with Land Institute friends at the event. As to why she was drawn to working at The Land, Patti says, “Being the daughter of a Kansas wheat and dairy farmer, I had an early understanding of the serious problems of soil erosion and drought. And being involved with an organization that was working to combat those issues, I felt like I could be a part of something that would make a difference.”


What has been your proudest moment at The Land Institute?
I started at The Land Institute on the Monday prior to the Prairie Festival in 2004. It was baptism by fire. Somehow I managed to get everyone registered and prepare all the registration packets. The festival went on without a hiccup.

What Land Institute perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
I really enjoy anything made with Kernza®. We’ve had some fantastic bread, cookies, and muffins made by staff and friends.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I’m passionate about family.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” – The Wizard of Oz

What were you like at age 10?
I was a tomboy. I grew up on a farm and enjoyed riding my horse and helping with the chores. I constantly played outside; I loved riding bikes with my friends and playing at the creek near my house.

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