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Land Reef Farms

Gambrills, Maryland

Jonathan Kline, PhD, of Land Reef Farms, LLC, believes that the development of novel, sustainable food production methods are best innovated using nature-inspired solutions. This ultimately increased the chance of long-term viability and increased health for both the planet and its inhabitants.

Jonathan became interested in food production at a very young age as he watched his grandparents work a large-scale wheat farm in Western Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Greenville College in 1991 and earned his PhD in microbiology in 1998 from Clemson University.

He has a life-long interest in caring for the environment, and his doctoral research involved studying how to induce microbes to effectively biodegrade the high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are found in a wide variety of chemical pollutants in soil and groundwater. His research in this field added to the body of knowledge for how to help clean up contaminated environments using lessons inspired by nature.

In graduate school, Jonathan taught “Food Safety”, “Food and Dairy” and “Advanced Bacteriology” lab courses to graduate and undergraduate students at Clemson University, winning the “Teacher Assistant of the Year” award for the entire school in 1995.

Jonathan has now combined his food production interests with his long-term endeavor to protect the environment. He uses biomimicry to seek nature-inspired solutions in creating efficient food production systems that also utilize high levels of environmental stewardship.

He ultimately hopes that his work will not only provide people with pure, sustainably-produced, nutrient-dense food, but also inspire other people and business to adopt the biomimicry model to innovate processes that are more in-line with the long-term survivability of all life on our planet.

"I can very clearly see the vision behind the "Certified Naturally Grown" program and movement says Jonathan. Not only does it promote sustainable agricultural practices, it strives to do so through "peer-review certification, grassroots networking and advocacy". The natural result of the program is a network of well-supported growers that are increasingly likely to be local. This to me is the beginning of a new, large-scale but local, planet-friendly food web of both producers and consumers. A new food web that produces pure, nutrient-dense food that increases the health of the planet and all of its inhabitants either directly or as a by-product of good food production practices."

(This listing was last updated on February 03, 2020)

Location

1027 Carbondale Way
Gambrills, MD 21054
Anne arundel County

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