Wes Jackson

Leaders in Alternative and Sustainable Agriculture: Oral History Interview Series

Dr. Wes Jackson
The Land Institute
Salina, Kansas

Interview by Jane Gates with Wes Jackson with an introduction by Jayne MacLean.
Beltsville, Md. : National Agricultural Library, 1990.


Dr. Wes Jackson is the co-founder, with Dana Jackson, of the Land Institute and has researched and influenced thought on the environment and agriculture in general and specifically perennial polyculture cropping systems based on the prairie ecosystem. He is a farmer, philosopher and author of several landmark books on the subject of sustainable agriculture.

Access the video in segments from the video menu below or you may watch each segment consecutively to view the full interview. The title for each segment provides a brief description of the topics discussed.

The segments in the Questions section are drawn from the full interview. They duplicate video segments from the menu. These are not verbatim questions asked by the interviewer, but rather topics addressed by Dr. Jackson during the course of his interview. We hope that this will be an informative and interesting way to view the conversation.

Video lengths in minutes are approximate.

Video Menu
1. Introduction, family, academic life and founding of the Land Institute [12 minutes]

2. Man and the Environment and the Land Institute as a school of thought [8 minutes]

3. New roots for Agriculture, the history of soil conservation and prairie as analogy [11 minutes]

4. Friendship with Wendell Berry and the state of agriculture and soil [9 minutes]

5. The next twenty years and global agriculture [12 minutes]

6. The future and the age of discovery [8 minutes]

Watch All Five Parts In Succession

1. What is the educational philosophy of the Land Institute? [4 minutes]

2. What is the major principal guiding the Land Institute? 5 minutes]

3. What are the irritations that you talk about in Altars of Unhewn Stone? [5 minute]

4. What are your hopes for 2090? [5 minutes]

National Agricultural Library Cataloging Record

Author: Jayne T. MacLean, Jane Potter Gates, Wes Jackson and National Agricultural Library (U.S.).
Title: Oral history interview by Jane Gates with Wes Jackson.
Publisher: Beltsville, Md. : National Agricultural Library, 1990.
Series: AFSIC oral history interview series
Subjects: Jackson, Wes; Land Institute - History; Agricultural ecology - United States; Sustainable agriculture - United States; Agricultural conservation - United States
Description: Original format: 1 videocassette (56 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Note(s): VHS. Title from cassette label. Interview was conducted on February 26, 1990. Cameraman and editor, Ron Hamilton.
NAL Call Number: Videocassette no.731

The National Agricultural Library does not verify the accuracy of the accounts described herein by participants in an Oral History Project. These oral histories are expressions of the views, memories and opinions of the interviewee. They do not represent the policy, views or official history of the United States Department of Agriculture or the National Agricultural Library.