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Bob Quinn: The Modern Benefits of Ancient Grains

by Rootstock Radio

March 11, 2019

by Rootstock Radio

Today on Rootstock Radio we’re talking to an organic farmer and sustainable agriculture pioneer who’s in the habit of wearing his heart on his sleeve—and in his hat. Often seen with a few stalks of the ancient grain Kamut® tucked into his wide-brimmed cowboy hat, Bob Quinn is pioneering sustainable agriculture and alternative energy in his state of Montana. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about Khorasan wheat, commercially known as Kamut®, that he grows on his farm, but that’s certainly not Bob’s only area of expertise.

Tune in to hear about:

  • The legends about where Kamut comes from and how Bob traveled across the world to try to get to the bottom of them.
  • Why this particular ancient grain has a registered trademark.
  • How Italy is obsessed with it! (We’re talking 95%-of-products-it’s-used-for-come-out-of-Italy, obsessed.)
  • The changes we’ve made to modern wheat that make it less and less digestible.
  • How Bob uses recycled vegetable oil to help run his farm.
  • Bob’s mantra: “Growing everything I eat, eating everything I grow” and his forthcoming book Grain by Grain co-authored with fellow Rootstock Radio guest Liz Carlisle.

Listen at the link below, on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Bob Quinn in front of tractor in field.
Bob Quinn in front of tractor in field.