Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Zach Jake

Research Assistant - Crop Protection Genetics

Zach Jake lives in Salina, Kansas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Certificate of Zoology and Ecology.

What work experiences are most relevant to your position at The Land Institute?

I have experience working alone and with others in outdoor fields in both wild and controlled soil conditions.

What’s most inspiring about your position at The Land Institute?

I really enjoy knowing that the work I do is benefiting the world around me.

What drew you to work at The Land Institute?

I’ve been told by others that the work environment is very positive. Being able to apply myself to an already positive environment sounded very rewarding and engaging.

What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?

Perennial wheat for pastas and breadmaking 

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

I’ve been able to physically interact daily with a lot of amazing exotic animals when I was zookeeping. 

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)? 

I enjoy cooking, vintage racing bikes, and going through older literature. 

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