Photo courtesy of Patagonia Provisions.

 



The roots of the perennial grain crop Kernza (left) are much deeper than those of annual winter wheat (right), improving soil structure, decreasing erosion, and reducing the need for inputs, which in turn, helps curb pollution from leaching and reduces reliance on fossil fuel-burning farm equipment. Photo by Jim Richardson and courtesy of Patagonia Provisions.

 



While progress has been steady over the past two decades, the process of breeding intermediate wheatgrass is fraught with a number of challenges, including overcoming lodging (above) and small seed size (right). Photo above courtesy of The Land Institute and photo to the right courtesy of Flickr/Andrey Zharkikh.

 



In October, Patagonia Provisions announced the release of the first commercially available beer to be made with Kernza, Long Root Ale.