Chief Communications Officer
Tammy Kimbler, BA, MFA, currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but says she will forever be a native of California. She has a Bachelor of Art in Theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Fine Art in Producing for Film, Television, and Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. As the Assistant Manager of Brand Experience for the organic food brand Cascadian Farm Organic, part of General Mills, Tammy led the launch of the first nationally released breakfast cereal made with Kernza® perennial grain to raise awareness of the potential of climate-beneficial ingredients.
What’s most inspiring about your specific position at The Land Institute?
I’m inspired to expand awareness of The Land Institute’s incredible work with diverse perennial grains and help people around the globe see the hope that perennial grain agriculture holds for the planet’s future and its inhabitants.
What drew you to work at The Land Institute?
The Land Institute’s mission is to remake agriculture and culture to engender a more just, equitable, and regenerative food system to help heal the planet and all those who call it home.
What Land Institute perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
I love Kernza®! There’s nothing better than drinking a good Kernza® beer and making 100% Kernza® buttermilk pancakes for Sunday breakfast.
What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I began my career in Hollywood as a brand manager for NBC Entertainment in primetime television, working with hit shows like Seinfeld, Friends, and ER.
What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I am a passionate gardener, forager, and preserver. I tend a flock of backyard laying hens, a pollinator-friendly food forest yard, and far too many tomatoes in two community gardens in Minneapolis. I also love to cook, eat well, and feed others as often as possible.
What were you like at age 10?
I was an extremely independent child, and our farm and ranch were the landscape for my many adventures on horseback. I could often be found in the woods or on a hilltop living out real and imagined worlds with my friends and furry companions.
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