A member of a remarkable farming family, Terra is a nuanced observer of, fierce advocate for, and gifted writer and speaker about sustainable agriculture.
She comes at her subject from unexpected angles, combining her experience growing up as one of the 4th generation of an Illinois farm family with her expertise in biology, ecology, literature, philosophy and history. Overall, Terra celebrates the many benefits that come from farming in harmony with nature.
Terra is the author of The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm, and the founder of The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit that saves farmland, trains farmers in entrepreneurial farming, and connects local producers and consumers. Much of her recent work is grounded in her brother Henry’s Farm in central Illinois, where he grows 655 varieties of vegetables in the Mackinaw River Valley. She has written articles for many publications, including a monthly “Cooking with the Seasons” column for Conscious Choice, and the “From Your Local Farmer” column for Mindful Metropolis.