Liz Carlisle holds a BA from Harvard University and a PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley. Carlisle is also a country music singer-songwriter who has opened shows for Travis Tritt, LeAnn Rimes, and Sugarland. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.
Advance Praise for Lentil Underground
"What does it take to farm sustainably--and make a living?
Liz Carlisle tells the engrossing story of the 'audacity rich but
capital poor' Montana farmers who thought lentils were the answer
and stuck with them until proved right. Anyone who dreams of
starting a farm or wants to know how organic farmers can overcome
the obstacles they face will be inspired by this book."
--Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of Food Politics "These farmers demonstrate how to build democracy and build soils at the same time. What a deal!"
--Frances Moore Lapp , author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind "Liz Carlisle's new book is an absolute treasure--actual stories of real farmers in a part of Montana, some of whom found that their industrial farming practices were a "losing game" and some who discovered that locally adapted organic farming could be resilient and economically successful. It is a must read for anyone interested in the future of food in America."
--Frederick Kirschenmann, Author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience "Who knew? This book tells the fascinating story from one corner of the ongoing rural renaissance--it will resonate and fascinate, and it will leave you looking for ways to get involved yourself."
--Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy "All of civilization rests on agriculture, and so it follows that real revolutions begin in the soil, which is why the stories of real revolutions must be reported from the ground up, as Liz Carlisle has done so competently in Lentil Underground. Read it, engage the real revolutionaries and begin the understand why their work is so vital to all of us."
--Richard Manning, author of Against the Grain "Who'd have thought that a book about lentil farming could be a page-turner? With a voice as clear and powerful on the page as it is onstage, Liz Carlisle writes the struggles of Montana's farmers as an epic. Their battles with food, finance, health care, and modern capitalism are both inspiring and a timely reminder that populism needn't be a dirty word."
--Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and research professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas as Austin
-- Praise for Liz Carlisle