2020 MOSES Organic Field Day

Photo by Carmen Fernholz

Kernza® Trial Results

Wednesday, July 22 |  12:45 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

A-Frame Farm
Madison, Minnesota


Since 2011, farmer and MOSES Organic Specialist Carmen Fernholz has been growing Kernza®, the perennial grain developed by researchers at the Land Institute and the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota. Kernza seed is now available for production. Watch this virtual field day to learn about the characteristics and production needs of this unique perennial wheatgrass.

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Watch the videos below for more details on Kernza®.

Field Day Chapters:

• Chapter 1: History of Kernza® Development

• Chapter 2: Ecological Benefits of Kernza®

• Chapter 3: How to Use Kernza® in Organic Production

• Chapter 4: The Farmer’s Experience with Kernza® Production

• Chapter 5: Grazing Kernza®

• Chapter 6: Supply Chain, Economics, and Market Development



Read the Organic Broadcaster story about Carmen’s experience growing Kernza®.

The Land Institute hosted webinars June 19 for researchers and other Kernza® stakeholders to provide updates about the development of this unique perennial grain. See agenda. Watch these webinars on YouTube.



Carmen Fernholz, A-Frame Farm

Carmen has been growing certified organic grain and forage crops at A-Frame Farm in western Minnesota since 1975 and has a wealth of knowledge on production, cover crops, and weed and fertility management. He and his wife, Sally, were the 2005 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year.


Luke Peterson, Peterson Farm

Luke has been transitioning his Minnesota farm to organic since 2013, and is now farming 500 certified organic acres and has eliminated fall tillage on his annual crops.


Constance Carlson, University of Minnesota

Constance works for the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSPD). She also facilitates market development for crops in the UMN Forever Green Initiative.



Colin Cureton, University of Minnesota

Colin is a supply chain development specialist for the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative, which is developing new crops for the Upper Midwest to diversify agricultural landscapes, develop new market opportunities, and deliver environmental benefits.


Jessica Gutknecht, University of Minnesota

Jessica is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and an Associate of the Institute on the Environment. She is a soil ecologist exploring how regenerative agriculture and perennial cropping systems, aimed at protecting soils, can adapt agricultural management for climate change, serving both people and the environment.


Jacob Jungers, University of Minnesota

Jacob is an assistant professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota




Brad Heins, University of Minnesota

Brad Heins is an Associate Professor of Dairy Management at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research Center in Morris, Minnesota. His research and extension program focuses on best management practices for organic dairy production, management intensive grazing, supplementation strategies for dairy cattle, crossbreeding, group rearing of calves, and renewable energy for dairy production systems.


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