Elizabeth Wheat is a farmer at SkyRoot Farm and a faculty member in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Washington. Her academic background is in marine ecology, but her passion lies in the application of ecological knowledge in the context of food production systems.
The big questions that motivate her life work are: How can we build productive ecosystems that maximize biodiversity and sustain human communities? How can agriculture be part of our planetary solution matrix? What can be done to close nutrient cycle loops within agricultural systems to minimize external losses?
SkyRoot farm is a 20 acre integrated farm on South Whidbey Island. In addition to diversified vegetables, the farm produces meat goats, broiler chickens and eggs. The farm is slowly growing a perennial food forest, which will help the farm meet its production and conservation goals.