About the Quinn Institute

Where Nutrition, Innovation, Education, and Regeneration Meet


Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn's roots run deep into the rich soil of Big Sandy, Montana, where he returned after earning a PhD in plant biochemistry from UC Davis to apply his scientific knowledge to the family farm. From his return in 1978, Bob embarked on a transformative journey that led him to pioneer Kamut International, a thriving business that turned an ancient grain into a global superfood synonymous with health and community.

With the heart of a fourth-generation farmer and the mind of a scientist, he has been the cornerstone of a movement that transcends the mere act of farming. At the helm of Kamut International, Bob has led with a conviction that goes beyond business, fostering a community-centric approach that is rare in today's global market. His success isn't just measured in dollars; it's reflected in the vibrant health of the soil and the communities that his work has touched. Through Kamut, Bob has not only developed a global market for an ancient superfood but has also sown the seeds of trust and partnership with farmers and consumers alike.

For Bob Quinn, agriculture is a symphony of good seeds, fertile soil, pure water, and clean air, all coming together in harmony to produce more than just food - to yield sustenance that stands as a pillar of health for both humanity and the earth. This philosophy is the lifeforce of The Quinn Institute, driving us to continue his legacy of connecting the dots between how we grow our food and how we can sustainably nourish nations. Bob's ethos resonates through every initiative we undertake, aspiring to reinvigorate rural America and to assert the undeniable truth that our health is inseparable from the health of our planet.


Bob Quinn's vision extends beyond agriculture, embodying a holistic approach where local minimal processing, community, health, and education intertwine to redefine success in farming.


By championing the idea that every grain and every harvest should enhance health, Bob has positioned The Quinn Institute as a leader in transforming agriculture into a health-giving enterprise.


The Campus

The campus covers approximately 700 acres of donated land, previously part of the Quinn Farm & Ranch that has been in a regenerative organic agricultural system and certified organic for over 25 years.  It is 12 miles Southeast of Big Sandy in North Central Montana between the Bear’s Paw Mountains and the Missouri River Breaks formally on the indigenous lands of the Blackfeet, Nakota, and Assiniboine Tribes.  It is representative of the short grass prairie of the Northern Great Plains East of the Rocky Mountains encompassing large parts of eastern Montana, the western Dakotas, smaller distinct portions of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, as well as Southern Saskatchewan and Southeast Alberta – together roughly the size of the entire state of California. The primary area represented and served by this research center covers parts of 6 states and 2 Canadian Provinces. 

The campus will be divided into multiple fields to demonstrate the effect of rotations on  cash crops, cover crops, unusual crops, as well as interrelationships of livestock with both native pasture and crop land. Rented acres from a bordering  non-organic farm will allow experiments comparing organic and non-organic systems.  Areas for small replicated plots will also be available.

Small gardens and orchards will provide opportunities to learn management and production skills.  A teaching kitchen and small processing facilities will provide a place to teach participants how to take the food from the field or garden to the plate providing students with many learning opportunities for preparing and preserving their own food.  Local health practitioners will help ensure the purpose of healthy food is complete by prescribing it to those suffering from all types of chronic and mental disease.  Thus, prescriptions will be food from the farm rather than pills from the pharmacy.  In this way we may have food as medicine rather than pills as food.