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Courtney White

Courtney White is the author of Grass, Soil, Hope. A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, White dropped out of the 'conflict industry' in 1997 to co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists, and others around the idea of land health ( Today, his work with Quivira concentrates on building economic and ecological resilience on working landscapes, with a special emphasis on carbon ranching and the new agrarian movement.

His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Farming, Acres Magazine, Rangelands, Natural Resources Journal, and Solutions. His essay "The Working Wilderness: A Call for a Land Health Movement" was published by Wendell Berry in 2005 in his collection of essays titled The Way of Ignorance.

Courtney is the author of the book Revolution on the Range: the Rise of a New Ranch in the American West, and he co- edited, with Dr. Rick Knight, Conservation for a New Generation, both published by Island Press in 2008.

In 2012, he published a collection of black-and-white photographs of the American West in an online book titled The Indelible West, which includes a foreword by Wallace Stegner.

He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his family and a backyard full of chickens.

    Courtney's Upcoming Events

    • Courtney White at the 2014 Bioneers Conference
      Marin Center, San Rafael CA
      October 18, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Courtney will speak on a panel focusing on how watersheds and soil can build resilience at Bioneers, October 17-19.

    • Courtney White at Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, KS
      Mother Earth News Fair, Topeka KS
      October 24, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Courtney White will present at the 2014 Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, KS, on October 24-26. More details to come...

    • Courtney White at Colorado College
      14 East Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs CO
      December 1, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Courtney will visit Colorado College on Monday, December 1st to speak as a part of the '14-'15 State of the Rockies Lecture Series. The talk will begin at 7pm, with a Q&A and book signing to follow.

    Courtney's Books

    Grass, Soil, Hope

    A Journey Through Carbon Country

    Grass, Soil, Hope tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges of climate change, global hunger, water scarcity, environmental stress, and economic instability? Soil scientists maintain that a mere two percent increase in the carbon content of the planetís soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Is it even possible? Yes, says author Courtney White: Not just possible, but essential for the long-term health and sustainability of our environment and economy.


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