No matter what’s she’s done and where’s she’s gone, she’s drawn to planting seeds and growing food.
Achieving financial sustainability through regenerative agriculture is tough, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor for Elizabeth Wheat, who runs SkyRoot Farm and teaches at UW’s Program on the Environment.
A recent recipient of the College of the Environment’s outstanding teaching award (she also received the UW’s excellence in teaching award back in 2010) and a Husky Green award earlier this year, Elizabeth Wheat is known and adored for her enthusiastic teaching style and love for food, farming and community.
Students gush about her, and many at UW enjoy her farm’s CSA produce.
Listen to UW Sustainability’s podcast to get a taste of the infamous Beth Wheat’s energy, to understand more about regenerative agriculture, and to hear what it’s like to be both a farmer and an educator.
On balancing her dual roles:
“Balance is not my aim, it’s a structural revolution in our food system, and this sense of urgency is what drives me forward and fuels me.”
Regenerative agriculture restores ecosystem function on an agricultural landscape. One of the primary tools is the management of organic matter on the soil.
Sky Root is focused on the life of the soil. On 20 acres of land on South Whidbey Island, Beth integrates animals into their production. Chicken, goats, ducks and worms all facilitate the growth of the vegetables on the farm.