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.
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.
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.