Read all about the story of Kernza’s® development on kernza.org.
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In launching Perennial Pantry our team is scaling currently small climate solutions to their global potential. This comes with growing pains, so in the near term your contribution will go towards improving facility throughput and processing methods. In order to make Kernza® as affordable as possible, significant research must be conducted on efficient seed cleaning and dehulling methods.
Our team behind Perennial Pantry has been solving challenging problems in the grain supply chain for 5 years. Our existing hardware equipment entails complicated supply chains, manufacturing, and technology, and we’ve successfully brought it to market.
We have been distributing Kernza® to wholesale accounts for 6 months, and have a solid supply of grain available through our partnerships and farmer network. We have already built new cleaning and dehulling equipment, and are a MN Department of Agriculture licensed food manufacturer. Our bags, bagging, and shipping logistics are figured out. What’s left is the funding to purchase a commercial mill and begin production.
All startups are inherently risky, but we believe we are well positioned to complete the final steps necessary to bring Kernza® to you. As soon as we hit our goal, we’ll complete our order of our new mill, and begin refining our processing practices and working towards shipment.
Perennials prevent erosion and build soil, the living foundation for all of agriculture. They offer farmers multiple revenue streams - Kernza® can be grazed, cut for hay and forage, and harvested for a grain crop - while reducing labor and inputs. Read more about the power of perennials on Kernza.org.
Farmers across the country are excited about climate solutions and are rising to the challenge of implementing a new crop. As it stands, Kernza® can yield a comparable number of seeds per acre, however the seed size is about one fifth to one sixth the size of traditional wheat, which is why it sells for a considerable premium. Typically, for each pound of Kernza® we buy from farmers, we get about 6 ounces of usable grain. The rest is hulls and dockage. For this, the seeds require innovative processing techniques. There continue to be exciting developments in both seed size and genetic traits that make Kernza® easier to grow, harvest, and process. In the meantime, Kernza® is a premium product in order to fairly support those committed to scaling this climate solution. Read more at the state of Kernza.
Kernza® can be grown organically or conventionally. Perennial Pantry currently sells conventional Kernza®, and is working towards becoming a certified organic processor in order to make organic grain available.
Yes. Our packaging does not require heat, water, sunlight or oxygen to degrade. Ever-present microbes in soil or water consume the packaging and turn it into toxin-free water and organic bio-mass. While “compostable” bags typically come with compromises in shelf life, or (more frequently) numerous not-so-compostable components (linings, zippers, etc.) our bags can be 100% composted, without hesitation. In the interest of transparency, and successful customer composting, we source our packaging from TekPak Solutions. For more composting information, refer to TekPak’s FAQ and their Knowledge Base.
We’re already a distributor of Kernza® and Kernza® flour, and we have cleaning and dehulling equipment and methods. However, we want to bring perennial agriculture to a much wider audience, and that means improved methods and a larger mill!
We ship using the United States Postal Service and Sendle, a B corp that measures the emissions produced by each shipment, and purchases carbon offsets to offer a carbon neutral service. We look forward to a future when we can measure this directly ourselves, and pay farmers for offsets generated by perennial agriculture.
Perennial Pantry exists to accelerate the transition to perennial agriculture. For this, we carry the most promising products on the journey from annual to perennial. Those products will include perennial crops and regenerative annual crops that offer ecosystem services. We will always explain in detail why we offer a product.
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You can purchase Kernza® in wholesale quantities from Sprowt Labs.
Perennial Pantry is incorporating as a Public Benefit Corporation in the state of Minnesota. Benefit Corporations still pay the same taxes as other companies, but are legally organized to benefit a general or specific cause in addition to making a profit. We believe in the power of business to make a positive change in the world, in our case by accelerating the transition to Perennial Agriculture.
Perennial Pantry donates the equivalent of 1% of gross sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind and approved promotional support directly to environmental nonprofits. We're particularly focused on supporting the work of our great partners developing perennial agriculture.
Climate positive means that an activity goes beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions to actually create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.