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

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The Food Studies Program invites you to: "Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming. "

Liz Carlisle is an associate 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.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Environment in The Maxwell School.


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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.