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

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6.3 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Liz Carlisle is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara, where she teaches courses on food and farming. She is the author of Lentil Underground and co-author, with Bob Quinn, of Grain by Grain, and she has written both popular and academic articles about food and farm policy, incentivizing soil health practices, and supporting new entry farmers.


"In Healing Grounds, Liz Carlisle makes the compelling case that soil can save us from climate catastrophe, but only if the global Indigenous communities who originated soil stewardship practices lead the way. In a tone that is both authoritative and humble, Carlisle convinces the reader that the same extractive forces that wrest carbon from the soil, also yank earth stewards from the land. Further, there can be no ecosystemic redemption without addressing colonialism. Healing Grounds is a refreshingly truthful account of real roots of climate chaos and the authentic path to healing."--Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black and Co-Founder, Soul Fire Farm
"Liz Carlisle gets to the heart of the matter: You can't have good farming or good food without social justice, and social justice is inextricably tied to race and land reform. The biggest issues in the United States are addressed here, directly and fairly. As important a 'food' book as we've seen."--Mark Bittman, author of Animal, Vegetable, Junk and Creator, The Bittman Project
"In this wonderful book, Liz Carlisle shares the dissidence against the dominion of colonial capitalism in these United States. She analyzes what America might become, and shares a map for the noble work ahead to get there. The best of it is that the ground beneath your feet will never feel the same again."--Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and co-director of "The Ants & The Grasshopper"
"Few people can turn 'nitrogen-fixing legumes' into such page-turning prose like Liz Carlisle can. In Healing Grounds, she turns her finely tuned ear towards farmers with roots in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, showing how modern methods can be linked with time-tested solutions to grow abundant food for all."--Nina F. Ichikawa, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute