L. Gilbert is a farmer, artist, and educator based in Northern California. They received their BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY in 2017.
In 2021, L. built a sustainable, off-grid tiny house on wheels. The small mobile house was designed in response to the changing climate and as one approach to the current housing crisis in the Western United States. The 200 sq. ft., mobile dwelling includes solar power, a solar air heater, gray water recycling, a rainwater catchment system, and composting toilet for energy and water conservation.
At UCSC, Gilbert will engage in research around the intersections of queerness and rural life throughout the history of California and into the present moment. The practice of growing, cooking, and sharing food will be at the center of this community-based research. Other current research interests include regenerative agriculture, rotational livestock grazing, queer farming, and food sovereignty.