Biosphere & Beyond

“Instructed by companion species of the myriad terran kingdoms in all their placetimes, we need to reseed our souls and our home worlds in order to flourish–again, or maybe just for the first time—on a vulnerable planet that is not yet murdered.”

Donna J. Haraway, “Staying with the Trouble”
Death and Life are intertwined
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

Invasivorism {note that my perspective on so-called “invasive species” has changed since writing this article, I would now refer to them as “first-responder” species that are part of natural succession. I’m sure my perspective will continue to change (thankfully)}

Summertime Beebalm living up to its name

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. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration, like planting your own woodland sea of Tiarella or learning to pickle Magnolia petals! I don’t actively update or use Instagram anymore, but I like having these photo diaries still available for inspiration.

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

Philadelphia Mycology Club

Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and

Mary Reynolds on being an Arkevist

Propagating native plants from seed

“The relentless, irrepressible force of existence is constantly swelling, cracking, and breaking out in new bodies, new beings, filling any spaces I clean or clear, in a torrent of existence that rushes on indifferent to human life. Blink and the scene changes.. Turn your head and wonder appears. The first tenet of my philosophy of bodily becoming took root in this experience. It’s movement all the way down. Plants flex, spread, curl, and climb; animals scurry, hoard, and hide; the ground heaves and splits…What always is is always becoming, ever humming, itself overcoming, with no particular preference for human lives; oh we may come and go in time, but movement never dies.”

Kimerer L. LaMothe, “As the Earth Dances” from the book “Back to the Dance Itself” edited by Sondra Fraleigh
on my reading shelf as of late:

Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel

Garden Awakening by Mary Reynolds

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

other groups to support/join/learn with

Land Heart Project

New Moon Mycology Summit

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