Organic Kernza Growers form Cooperative

Growers of organic kernza, a perennial grain, gathered early in July in Minnesota to incorporate the Perennial Promise Growers Cooperative, reports the Star Tribune. “The farmer who wants to grow this won’t have time to focus on finding and developing markets,” said Carmen Fernholz, a longtime organic farmer who helped organize the co-op. “We said, let’s put our growers together, pull together usable amounts of our crop, and find someone to market it for us.” The co-op plans to hire a full-time marketing agent. Over 1,000 acres are planted to the crop in Minnesota, and organizers expect 50 to 100 producers to join the co-op.