Biosphere & Beyond

“Since that momentous colonization of land 450 million years ago, when the first moss set leaf on rock, everything on Earth has changed. All those species, entire phyla–gone. And yet, the mosses are still here, their contemporary form indistinguishable from their fossil ancestors. They have drunk from the fountain of youth, or maybe the fountain of longevity, flourished beneath a sky of pterodactyls, and flourish today under a sky of weather satellites that tell us the oceans are rising and the ice caps are melting.

All things pass away. Oh, lovely, cool shaded maples, towering pines, waving grass, and extravagant lilies, will you, too, pass away in this overheated greenhouse, yielding to the ones who are yet to come?

…At this time of the sixth extinction, might we stop wringing our hands long enough to sit quietly at the feet of the ones who have avoided every era of extinction since the dawn of life on land?”

Robin Wall Kimmerer, “Ancient Green: Moss, Climate, and Deep time”
Related articles i’ve written

Dark Night of the Soil: Restoring the Human-Humus Relationship

Kinky Roots: What Tree Transplanting and Trauma Can Teach Us

Meet the Mushrooms: Giant Puffballs

Meet the Mushrooms: Chicken of the Woods

If you use Instagram, check out my “plants&flowers” highlight reel to see some of my favorite plants that I found and/or tended in 2020.

Resources/Useful Links

Forest Gardening

The Lost Forest Gardens of Europe

How to grow liveable worlds: Ten (not-so-easy) steps for life in the Planthroposcene by Natasha Myers

Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

Mary Reynolds on being an Arkevist

Propagating native plants from seed

Lenape Nation of PA

Monacan Nation

on my reading shelf as of late:

Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide by Andrea Olsen

Plant Community Guide to Local Native Plants for Landscaping, Center for Urban Habitats

Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel

The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene by Donna J. Haraway

Rivers of Wind by Ben Kessler

Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language among the Western Apache by Keith H. Basso

groups&people to support/join/learn with, who have taught/are teaching me well!

Little Bluestem (Central VA, cultivating bioregional resilience)

Lyrra Magda (Mid-atlantic and Southeast folk botany, hide tanning, fiber arts, and more)

Wild Altar Farmstead (Central VA, ecosystem stewardship, food sovereignty, community and embodiment)

Leapfrog Programs (Western MA nature connection and skills education)

Mobile Moon Coop (Femme and queer-led collective aiding communities and ecosystems)

New Moon Mycology Summit

Life & Death, 2014, by Oona Goodman. Image used with permission from Oona Goodman.