University of Montana Selects LENTIL UNDERGROUND as Griz Read 2017

By Sara Clemens | June 6 2017 | College & University Reads

We are pleased to announce Lentil Underground has been selected as the common read for the Griz Read 2017 program!

A protégé of Michael Pollan, native Montanan Liz Carlisle shares the story of a group of renegade farmers who defied corporate agribusiness by launching a unique, sustainable farm-to-table food movement.

27-year-old David Oien decided to take a stand against corporate “big-box” farming by planting a radically different crop: organic lentils. Today, Oien leads a network of organic farmers who form a million-dollar enterprise that sells to hundreds of natural foods stores and restaurants.

This inspiring story of colorful pioneers from the heart of Big Sky Country shows how banding together dramatically changed the future of American agriculture.


Find a schedule of events and information on the Griz Read essay contest here.

“[Lentil Underground] tells the fascinating story from one corner of the ongoing rural renaissance—it will resonate and fascinate, and it will leave you looking for ways to get involved yourself.”—Bill McKibben, editor of The Global Warming Reader

Who’d have thought that a book about lentil farming could be a page-turner? With a voice as clear and powerful on the page as it is onstage, Liz Carlisle writes the struggles of Montana’s farmers as an epic. Their battles with food, finance, health care, and modern capitalism are both inspiring and a timely reminder that populism needn’t be a dirty word.”—Raj Patel, UT Austin

“All of civilization rests on agriculture, and so it follows that real revolutions begin in the soil, which is why the stories of real revolutions must be reported from the ground up, as Liz Carlisle has done so competently in Lentil Underground. Read it, engage the real revolutionaries and begin to understand why their work is so vital to all of us.”—Richard Manning, author of Against the Grain

Lentil Underground
Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

From the heart of Big Sky Country comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness’s one percent, by stubbornly banding together.