Civil Eats interviews Laura Lengnick, a major player and thinker on agriculture and the environment, delving into her background, career, and philosophy. Lengnick has published extensively on the current unbalanced food system and problems generated by the U.S. industrial food system. Her most notable work, “Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate” has contributed greatly to this field. During her versatile career Lengnick has acted as a soil scientist, policymaker as a Senate staffer, USDA researcher, professor, sustainability consultant, and advocate. She was also selected as a contributor to the Third National Climate Assessment, the authoritative U.S. Climate Report. Currently she lives in the North Carolina mountains where she bio-intensively tends to her 3,000-square-foot micro-farm. Photo credit: Climate Listening Project