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Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara, where she teaches courses on food and farming. Born and raised in Montana, she got hooked on agriculture while working as an aide to organic farmer and U.S. Senator Jon Tester, which led to a decade of research and writing collaborations with farmers in her home state. She has written three books about regenerative farming and agroecology: Lentil Underground (2015), Grain by Grain (2019, with co-author Bob Quinn), and most recently, Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming (2022). She is also a frequent contributor to both academic journals and popular media outlets, focusing on food and farm policy, incentivizing soil health practices, and supporting new entry farmers. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography, from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Folklore and Mythology, from Harvard University. Prior to her career as a writer and academic, she spent several years touring rural America as a country singer.

Healing Grounds: A Conversation with Author Liz Carlisle

A Non-GMO Project Webinar

The Non-GMO Project's Speaker Series recently featured Liz Carlisle, author of Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of...

The Non-GMO Project's Speaker Series recently featured Liz Carlisle, author of Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming.

A powerful movement is happening in farming today—farmers are reconnecting with their roots to enact change. In Healing Grounds, Liz Carlisle tells the stories of Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian American farmers who are reviving their ancestors’ methods of growing food—techniques long suppressed by the industrial food system.

The Speaker Series brings you the inspiring stories and powerful voices of authors, experts and activists striving to fix a food system in need of healing.

Healing Grounds with Renee McKeon

Renee McKeon, Vice President, Sustainability & CSR, Corporate Services - Sodexo, had a conversation with Liz Carlisle, author of ...

Renee McKeon, Vice President, Sustainability & CSR, Corporate Services - Sodexo, had a conversation with Liz Carlisle, author of Healing Grounds about Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming.

Healing Grounds Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming

An Island Press Webinar

A powerful movement is happening in farming today—farmers are reconnecting with their roots to fight climate change. Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian American farmers are reviving their ancestors’ methods of growing food—techniques long...

A powerful movement is happening in farming today—farmers are reconnecting with their roots to fight climate change. Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian American farmers are reviving their ancestors’ methods of growing food—techniques long suppressed by the industrial food system. These farmers are restoring native prairies, nurturing beneficial fungi, and enriching soil health. While feeding their communities and revitalizing cultural ties to land, they are steadily stitching ecosystems back together and repairing the natural carbon cycle. This is truly regenerative agriculture – not merely a set of technical tricks for storing CO2 in the ground, but a holistic approach that values diversity in both plants and people.

Cultivating this kind of regenerative farming requires a reckoning with the discriminatory agricultural history of the United States. Ultimately, it also requires dismantling power structures that have blocked many farmers of color from owning land or building wealth.

This webinar was "Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming," hosted by Island Press. The event included UC Irvine postdoctoral fellow and agroecologist Dr. Aidee Guzman, who is featured in the book, as well as the book’s author, UC Santa Barbara Environmental Studies professor Liz Carlisle. Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, moderated the conversation.