The Write Question

Thursdays at 6:30PM
  • Hosted by Chérie Newman

The Write Question is a weekly literary program from Montana Public Radio that features writers from the western United States.

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Lentil Underground

Sep 14, 2017

Lentil Underground has been selected as the University of Montana 2017 Griz Read. For more information about the program and Liz Carlisle's lecture on September 21, 2017, please visit the University of Montana website here.

Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness launched a campaign to push small grain farmers to modernize or perish, or as Nixon Administration Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz put it, to “get big or get out. But twenty-seven year-old David Oien decided to take a stand. When he dropped out of grad school to return to his family’s 280 acre farm, Oien became the first in his conservative Montana county to seed his fields with a radically different crop: organic lentils.