Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming, Liz Carlisle’s newest book, is more than a book about farming – it is a reckoning of the rotten roots of a food system built on genocide and slavery. Despite this history and all of the ills that come from it, the promises of regenerative farming have sparked hope for many – from farmers to government officials. In recent years, popular press and documentary-films have suggested that regenerative agriculture is a new innovation and movement led primarily by White people, but that simply isn’t true. As Liz writes:
The more I learned, the more I came to see that regenerative agriculture was neither a relic nor a fantasy. It had always been here, but on the margins. Pushed to the edges of industrial agriculture, these practices had been sustained by people pushed to the edges of society. This was not just a story about regeneration, but also one about liberation—and these two were powerfully intertwined.
Liz Carlisle and agroecologist Aidee Guzman will take us on a deep dive into the world of soil, share why and how to cultivate diversity above and below the ground, and illuminate pathways to regeneration and liberation.