Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


The Land Report

Scott Bontz

Editor of The Land Report

Scott lives southeast of Salina on 40 acres of former wheat ground now in perennial cover, including native prairie plants. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Jose State University and spent 14 years working for newspapers in California, Arizona, and Utah, first as a reporter, then as a copy editor. In his work at The Land, Scott enjoys being able to watch and listen close at hand to those who are working on something radical and important. He started out at The Land Institute as a volunteer field hand. About once a year, he prepares a treat for the monthly staff meeting, and tries to make it savory instead of sweet (he says his love for sweets is unhealthy).


What Land Institute perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
I most look forward to having Kernza® flour. I have used it to make good flatbreads, a staple for me.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Outside of work I am passionate about riding a bicycle with a fixed wheel — one gear, no freewheeling.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I think of writing a little book or long magazine story (most books that I read are too long for what they have to say) about the history and post-oil future of road graders and grading, looking at them both practically and representative of the bigger picture.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
This is a quote that I repeatedly think of: “To live within limits, to want one thing, or a very few things, very much and love them dearly, cling to them, survey them from every angle, become one with them — that is what makes the poet, the artist, the human being.” — Johann Goethe

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