Author of ‘The Lentil Underground’ to Speak at UM

February 13, 2015

MISSOULA – Author and Missoula native Liz Carlisle will present a reading and discussion of her book “The Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America” along with farmer David Oien at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the University of Montana North Underground Lecture Hall.

“The Lentil Underground” tells the story of Oien and a handful of other revolutionary farmers from Montana’s high plains who defied big agriculture by creating a sustainable farm-to-table food movement. During the presentation, Carlisle – a protégé of journalist Michael Pollan who earned her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, last year – will read excerpts from “The Lentil Underground,” speak about her adventures in writing the book and answer questions. Oien will speak about the choices he and other farmers made to turn their farm economies around.

A book signing by Carlisle and a lentil tasting offered by The Good Food Store and University Dining Services will follow the reading and discussion. Sponsored by the UM Environmental Studies program, University Dining Services and The Good Food Store, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event email Josh Slotnick, UM environmental studies lecturer, at

Contact: Josh Slotnick, lecturer, UM Environmental Studies program,