Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
For this lecture, Kelly Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, and Leslie Bennett, owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, will discuss designing for food sovereignty.
Kelly D. Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Veteran of The Year for the 18th Assembly District (2015), The L.A. Potts Success Stories Award from Tuskegee University (2015), the Girls Inc. of the Island City’s 2016 “Women Who Dare Award” and the 2016 CalVet Trailblazer Award. She is an avid gardener and is a former Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee (2013). She is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition.
Ms. Carlisle was selected as one of 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2012 and 2014. Ms. Carlisle is the December 2011 Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow. She has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14. A native of East Oakland, California, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood city.
Kelly’s work has been honored at the White House by President Barack Obama, and she has been selected as a 2020 Castanea Fellow.
Leslie Bennett is an Oakland, CA based landscape designer and writer who creates gardens that help to nourish us and tell the story of who we are. Raised in the Bay Area and based in Oakland since 2009, Leslie holds degrees from Harvard University, Columbia Law School and the University College London in the fields of environmental justice, land use law, cultural property and preservation.
Leslie is the owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, an Oakland, CA based landscape design/build firm that creates aesthetic edible gardens and productive outdoor spaces, and is co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, 2013). Leslie's work entails creating culturally grounded gardens that provide as much visual inspiration as they do organic harvests of food, flowers and medicinal herbs.
Leslie's work has been featured in Sunset Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Garden Design, C Magazine, American Gardener, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Gardenista.com. Visit www.PineHouseEdibleGardens.com.