Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Ron Fent

Ron Fent

Grounds and Aesthetics Technician

Ron studied Journalism at Kansas State University and earned a Bachelor of General Studies in Journalism and Radio/TV/Film in 1985. Not only has he worked in broadcast television news production and print feature reporting, but also brings extensive training and work experience in arboriculture and landscaping to his position at The Land. He enjoys working outside at The Land Institute as the seasons change; watching the abundant wildlife and dramatic weather above is his main inspiration. He also feels that The Land Institute is the most progressive and important organization in his homeland. Ron’s family connection to Wes Jackson and The Land goes way back; Wes was friends with his father, and The Land Institute’s field studies began at his family’s meadow in the 70s. He also plays music at Land Institute staff gatherings.


What are you most proud of in your work at The Land Institute?
People are impressed with the way I keep The Land looking. That is important to us!

What Land Institute perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Though an oilseed crop, I like baked silphium seed!

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I’ve won awards for songwriting and still photography.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Equal rights and documentary film production.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I started a novel about a girl genius set in Kansas.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“Truth is a function of time.” – Robert Pirsig

What were you like at age 10?
At age ten I got my first pair of glasses and was already into photography and filmmaking.

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