Courtney White has worked on the front lines of collaborative conservation, regenerative agriculture, and ecological restoration for more than two decades, sharing innovative, on-the ground solutions that bring people together. A former archaeologist and environmental activist, Courtney dropped out of the ‘conflict industry’ in 1997 to cofound the Quivira Coalition, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to building a radical center among ranchers, conservationists, scientists and others around practices that improve resilience in working landscapes. He directed the Quivira Coalition for eighteen years before leaving 2015 to write full-time. His work focuses on solutions to food, water, and climate challenges, including progressive cattle management, land health, local food, grass-fed meat, soil carbon, and regenerative agriculture.
In 2005, Wendell Berry included Courtney’s essay “The Working Wilderness” in his collection The Way of Ignorance, an endorsement that set Courtney on a path to many articles and books, including Grass, Soil, Hope (Chelsea Green), Revolution on the Range (Island Press), The Age of Consequences (Counterpoint Press), and 2% Solutions for the Planet (Chelsea Green). He is co-author of Fibershed: a New Textile Economy with Rebecca Burgess (Chelsea Green 2019). He is also author of The Sun, a mystery set on a working cattle ranch in northern New Mexico. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.