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Laura Lengnick

Laura Lengnick

Laura Lengnick

Laura Lengnick has explored agricultural and food system sustainability through more than 30 years of work as a federal researcher and policy-maker, college educator, community activist and farmer to understand what it takes to move sustainability values into action on the farm, in our communities and as a nation. Trained as a soil scientist, Laura’s research in soil quality and sustainable agriculture systems at the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center in Maryland was nationally recognized with a USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in 2000. She led the academic program in Sustainable Agriculture at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina for more than a decade, where she also served as the Director of Sustainability Education. She has a long history of collaboration in community-based research, education and advocacy for sustainable agriculture and food systems. Laura has grown organic vegetables and fruits for community supported agriculture projects and has developed her smallholding near Asheville, NC using biointensive and permaculture principles. Her award-winning 2015 book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food systems for a Changing Climate, explores climate change, resilience and the future of food through the adaptation stories of some of America’s best sustainable farmers and ranchers. You can learn more about Laura and her work at www.cultivatingresilience.com.

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