As we enter the 21st century, our communities face novel challenges

Resilience requires us to see with new eyes, to ask different kinds of questions, to embrace uncertainty, and to find opportunity in change.

As we enter the 21st century, our communities face novel challenges created by resource scarcity and climate change.  An award-winning soil scientist, Laura Lengnick brings 25 years of experience exploring community sustainability to her vision of a sustainable and resilient future.  Laura weaves her experience working to move sustainability values into action with the latest climate science and resilience theory to share a message of hope for these troubling times.

Equally at home leading an informal discussion over a meal, leading an on-site workshop teaching practical management skills, giving a conceptual lecture in a classroom setting, or delivering an inspiring keynote,  Laura is a gifted and engaging speaker who connects with a diversity of audiences.  Her ability to link concept to practice with locally relevant examples tailored to specific themes or audiences is much appreciated by those working in business, community development, higher education and government.  Scroll down to see upcoming and past speaking engagements. Learn more about Laura here

Visual Story-Telling

Soon after the release of Resilient Agriculture, Dayna Reggero, award-winning visual story-teller and creator of the Climate Listening Project, proposed producing a video series featuring Resilient Agriculture producers entitled Cultivating Resilience.  In the summer of 2015, they completed a set of videos featuring Southeast Region producers Ken Dawson, Tom Trantham, and Will Harris.  They started on the Great Plains region set in fall of 2015 with a video featuring Bob Quinn.

In collaboration with political associate Peyton Siler, Cultivating Resilience, LLC produced its first social media video, released in Fall 2016, designed to encourage everyone to vote for representatives who are willing to reach across the political divides to act together on climate change.

Speaking Engagements

No event found!


North Carolina vegetable grower Ken Dawson tells how good-natured competition sparks innovations that enhance climate resilience.


Southeastern farmers talk about changes in weather and how soil quality, biodiversity and high-value markets enhance the climate resilience of their farms.


Georgia livestock farmer Will Harris talks about industrialization and the community resilience benefits of pasture-based livestock production.


Montana grain farmer Bob Quinn tells how soil quality, the production of diverse food grains,and on-farm processing have helped him develop a successful farm business that supports the whole family despite more challenging weather in recent years.


Charlotte developer Richard Haake, Baptist Pastor Jim McCoy, and Republican activist Bob Inglis share their thoughts and feelings about taking action on climate change.

Past Presentation Themes

General Climate Risk and Resilience

  • Managing Climate Risk: Understanding Exposure, Sensitivity and Adaptive Capacity
  • Why Adaptive Management?  Managing Performance in a World of Change
  • Cultivating Resilience with Integrated Strategic Asset Management

Food Systems

  • Is that Climate Change on Your Plate?
  • The Vulnerability of the US Food System to Climate Change
  • Metropolitan Food Webs: A Resilient Solution to the Climate Change Challenge?
  • Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food

Community Resilience

  • Is Your Homestead Climate Ready?
  • Is Local Resilient? Scale, Sustainability and Resilience

Farming Systems

  • Farming in a Changing Climate: Lessons from the Field
  • New Times, New Tools: Cultivating Resilience on Your Farm
  • Is Sustainable Agriculture Climate Ready?

Past Speaking Engagements

Laura has been invited by the following organizations to lead workshops, present seminars, and speak at conferences or other special events to help raise awareness and advance understanding of climate risk management and community resilience:

Community Organizations

Abundance Foundation, Pittsboro NC
Ashevillage Institute, Asheville NC
Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown NY
Foragable Communities, Charlotte, NC
NC Adapt, Solutions from the Land
Organic Growers School, Asheville NC
Slow Living Summit, Brattleboro VT
Transition Asheville
Triangle Chapter – 350.org, Raleigh NC
Wild Willow Farm and Educational Center, San Diego CA                                                                         Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Professional Organizations

American Society of Agronomy
National Farmers Union
New England Certified Crop Advisors
Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture Association
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Western North Carolina Master Gardeners

Advocacy Organizations

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
Bionutrient Food Association
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia
Citizens Climate Lobby
Ecological Farming Association
Institute on Science for Global Policy
Organic Council of Ontario
Regeneration International
Society of Environmental Journalists

Academic and Research Organizations

Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, UK
Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont, Burlington                                              Climate Learning Network, USDA Cooperative Extension Service
Climate Change and Society Program, University of North Carolina, Asheville
Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems, Madison WI
College of Agriculture, Penn State University, State College
Common Ground Center, Kresge College, UC-Santa Cruz
Crop and Soil Sciences, NC State University
Ecological Sciences Program, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen Scotland

Environmental Studies, University of Montana, Missoula
Food, Health and Ecological Well-Being Program, Wake Forest Divinity School, Winston-Salem NC
Glynwood Farm, Cold Springs NY
Local Food Research Center, Asheville NC
Research Alliance for Regenerative Economics, Capital Institute, Greenwich CT
School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, SUNY Cobleskill
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK
School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine, Orono
Schumacher College, Totnes, UK

Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden
Sustainable Agriculture and Agroecology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Sustainable Agriculture Program, Clemson SC
Sustainable Food and Bioenergy, Montana State University, Bozeman
USDA – Agriculture Research Service National Programs, Washington DC
USDA – National Agroforestry Center
USDA – Southeast Regional Climate Hub, Raleigh NC
USDA – Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education Program, Washington DC                      Woodin Colloquium, Environmental Studies Department, Middlebury College, Vermont 




Contact Us

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This