Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Philip Hodges


Philip’s hometown is Salina, KS, by way of North Carolina and Alabama. In May, he graduated from a boarding school in Asheville, NC, and is an incoming freshman to the University of Denver where he hopes to pursue majors in Environmental Studies and International Business with a minor in Sustainability.  Last summer, he got his first hands-on experience in agriculture working on a small organic farm in New Cambria, KS. He has been interested in food production and sustainability for years and says there is no better avenue for exploring these areas than at TLI.


What drew you to work at TLI?

I’m amazed by the movement and change this institution is implementing worldwide, and I knew I had to get involved.

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?

I started my tenure at TLI with a desk job in the classroom with Wes Jackson, eventually expanding my role into nitty-gritty intern work— a change of pace that suits me well.

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

I’ve lived in six different cities and four different states.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”  –Steve Jobs


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