Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

Civic Science

Civic science is a way for people in multiple locations to learn together as they each grow, care for, and study perennial grain crops.

The Land Institute is testing civic science as a method for civic scientists and researchers to build scientific knowledge and agricultural stories in learning communities that advance diverse, perennial grain crops.

Why Civic Science?

  • Civic science weaves together science, story, and community. This approach may help democratize research by supporting diverse individuals and civic groups–not only large research universities and corporations–to participate in the responsibilities and rewards of collaborative scientific inquiry and discovery.
  • Civic science grows public engagement in research in order to catalyze and sustain the cultural changes necessary to advance perennial grain domestication. Since civic science is decentralized and can be more affordable, it may be a more replicable approach in underserved regions and help places retain plant diversity and community agency.
  • We hypothesize that a diverse, pluralistic network of people caring for perennial grain crops-in-process will build public understanding, trust, and legitimacy for perennial grains; accelerate their adaptation to a wide range of soils, climates, and pests; and increase the probability of these crops being valued when they are ready for widespread use.

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Program Team

Aubrey Streit Krug
Director of Perennial Cultures Lab

Reece Knapic
Research Technician, Civic Science

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