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About Laura

Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist with 30 years of experience working as a researcher, policymaker, educator, activist and farmer to put sustainability values into action in U.S. food and farming. Her research in soil health and sustainable farming systems was nationally recognized with a USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in 2002 and she served as a lead author of the 2013 USDA report, Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation.  As founder and principal at Cultivating Resilience, LLC, Laura and her associates work with organizations of all kinds to integrate resilience thinking into operations and strategic planning. Since 2015, Laura has led federal, state and local climate resilience research and planning projects exploring agricultural climate solutions, conducted resilience assessments and developed carbon management plans for small- and mid-sized businesses, and designed and delivered climate risk management workshops tailored to diverse audiences throughout North America. In 2021, Laura joined the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming as the Director of Agriculture. The second edition of her award-winning book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, examines climate change, resilience and the future of food through the adaptation stories of more than 45 leading sustainable, organic, regenerative and climate-smart farmers and ranchers growing food throughout the U.S.  She resides in Asheville, NC.

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Our Work


We use practical resilience thinking tools to identify climate solutions that heal land, people and community. 


We link concept to practice with stories tailored to people and place that inspire action for just transformation.


We engage a diversity of audiences through communications designed to promote resilience thinking.


We facilitate effective collaborations and bring practical experience applying social-ecological resilience theory to  community-based projects.


We design and deliver interactive resilience thinking workshops tailored to the needs of diverse audiences.


We create leading-edge assessment, planning, and management tools to integrate resilience thinking into operations and strategic planning.

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Featured Projects

Carbon Management at East Fork Pottery

Engaged corporate leaders to develop a 5-year adaptive carbon management plan that supports the company’s carbon-neutral ambition, is aligned with company values, and can be achieved within budget.  Learn More

Carbon Harvest

The nation’s first community-based carbon services collective designed to engage businesses and communities to invest in agricultural climate solutions that deliver regional resilience benefits.  Learn More

The Climate-Resilient Agriculture Initiative: Cultivating Climate Solutions in the Hudson Valley

A community-based listening project that explored the potential for land conservation organizations to complement agricultural conservation incentive programs to promote climate resilience and carbon neutrality on working lands.  Learn More

A Climate Resilience Toolbox for Oregon Farmers and Ranchers

Engaged state conservation specialists in the design and delivery of a climate risk management and resilience training program for agricultural researchers and technical advice specialists.  Learn More

Residential Design for Resilience

Explored the climate risks, sustainability and resilience of a  sustainable residential development concept with an integrated resilience assessment tool and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Learn More

News & Notes

Climate Risk Management Workshop

Land Stewardship Project

Diversified vegetable farmers who participated in the 5 Steps to Your Climate Resilience Plan workshop share their thoughts about the value of whole farm planning as a climate risk management strategy.  

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Climate Resilience in Kansas City

Cultivate KC

Laura Lengnick, Director of Agriculture at Glynwood, leader in climate resilience, and author of Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, makes a whirlwind visit to Kansas City.

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Regional Food for Health Speaker Series

The Glynwood Center

We’re taking a closer look at the interconnections between our healthcare system and agriculture to shed light on how our health benefits from a closer connection to farms, and ways that the medical and agricultural communities can collaborate for better health, equity, and justice.

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A Climate Resilience Toolbox For Working with Oregon’s Farmers and Ranchers

Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network

November 2 – 4, Oregon’s agricultural professionals gathered on line for a train-the-trainer event to better understand what climate resilience looks like for Oregon farms and ranches.

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From Where I Stand…A Note from Glynwood’s Director of Agriculture

The Glynwood Center

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost six months since I stepped into my new role as the Director of Agriculture at Glynwood and got started exploring the land, people and communities of the Hudson Highlands.

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Laura Lengnick Joins Glynwood as Director of Agriculture

The Glynwood Center

We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that Laura Lengnick will be joining Glynwood to work with the entire Glynwood team to strengthen Glynwood’s contribution to national efforts to re-regionalize the U.S. food system as a community resilience strategy.

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“You just don’t know what’s around the next corner, so you have to prepare for the worst.  Hope for the best of course, but you know, hope is not a plan.”

Gary Price, 77 Ranch, Blooming Grove, TX

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