Webinar: Solutions In Our Soil
April 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
As we build a more climate-resilient California, it’s important we look at the solutions living beneath our feet. Healthy soils form the foundation of thriving farmlands, communities, and ecosystems. By focusing on practices and incentives that promote soil health, we can improve our farming system and food security, protect water quality and quantity, and sustain and boost biodiversity.
Please join Sustainable Conservation for its Spring 2023 webinar series, Solutions in Our Soil. It will kick off on Wednesday, April 5 with a conversation between Author, Agroecologist, and Assistant Professor Liz Carlisle and Sustainable Conservation’s Director of Business Partnerships Ryan Flaherty. They’ll set the scene for the series and give a high-level overview of soil health and climate-smart agriculture and discuss why they’re so important in California.
Liz Carlisle is an Assistant 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.
Ryan Flaherty is Sustainable Conservation’s Director of Business Partnerships and is based out of our Modesto office. Ryan leads the organization’s efforts to promote strategies for San Joaquin Valley dairies for managing animal waste in ways that benefit clean air and water. Prior to Sustainable Conservation, Ryan worked with Business for Social Responsibility, a non-profit that works with business to ensure a just and sustainable world, where he was a manager of advisory services working with the food, beverage, and agricultural industries. Ryan has more than 15 years of experience in business strategy, supply chain management, sustainable agriculture, water stewardship and stakeholder engagement. He has an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University.