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Gardens are more than collections of plants. Gardens and Gardeners are intersectional spaces and agents for positive change in our world. Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio program & podcast exploring what we mean when we garden. Through thoughtful conversations with growers, gardeners, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers, Cultivating Place illustrates the many ways in which gardens are integral to our natural and cultural literacy. These conversations celebrate how these interconnections support the places we cultivate, how they nourish our bodies, and feed our spirits. They change the world, for the better. Take a listen.

Cultivating Place Jennifer Jewell / Cultivating Place

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 320 Ratings

Gardens are more than collections of plants. Gardens and Gardeners are intersectional spaces and agents for positive change in our world. Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio program & podcast exploring what we mean when we garden. Through thoughtful conversations with growers, gardeners, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers, Cultivating Place illustrates the many ways in which gardens are integral to our natural and cultural literacy. These conversations celebrate how these interconnections support the places we cultivate, how they nourish our bodies, and feed our spirits. They change the world, for the better. Take a listen.

    Trees are Bridges to the Sky, with ecologist poet Frederick Livingston

    Trees are Bridges to the Sky, with ecologist poet Frederick Livingston

    “Are Humans Parasites sowing our own hunger, or fruit, gifts from Earth to our future? Is the edge of our lives, civilization, and species a cliff to catastrophe or a bridge to transformation?” These are the words, questions, and motivations of poet and gardener, Frederick Livingston author of Trees are Bridges to the Sky a collection of essays and poems exploring the human/climate connection.

    I first met Frederick when I served as keynote speaker for the National Native Seed Conference earlier this year. The conference was kicked off by an address from Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, and another by Tracy Stone-Manning, Director of the Bureau of Land Management, both of whom preceded me on the first day. 

    The two days of events were punctuated throughout by readings from Frederick – the Conference poet.

    The fact that this conference of policy makers and advocates across such a range had a Conference Poet at all, says a lot. The fact that their chosen poet was Frederick, says even more.  

    Frederick has studied and practiced sustainable agriculture, experiential education, and peace building across the world and he joins us this week to share more. Enjoy!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years, and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Podcasts. To read more and see more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Good Citizenship = Good Stewardship: Native Seed/SEARCH, with Alexandra Zamecnik

    Good Citizenship = Good Stewardship: Native Seed/SEARCH, with Alexandra Zamecnik

    It’s the seedy time of summer. This week of the fourth of July we’re working from the premise that foundational to good citizenship is great stewardship of place (plants and people) and we are looking to the desert Southwest in conversation with Alexandra Zamecnik, Executive Director of Native Seed/SEARCH. For more than four decades, Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) has stewarded the seeds of the desert Southwest and Mexico. Founded in 1983 in response to the concern of farmers, gardeners, Indigenous community members, and conservationists about the devastating loss of seed diversity, NS/S today conserves more than 1,800 regional culturally and climatically significant seed varieties. The work is not only the preservation of these seeds for the future, but also for their distribution today, celebrating and in support of communities of this desert region who have stewarded these seeds for time far longer than memory.

    I met Alexandra and many of her team back in 2021, while researching What We Sow took me to the NS/S HQ in Tucson. I am so pleased to welcome her and share this growing work forward finally. Enjoy!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years, and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Podcasts. To read more and see more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    National Pollinator Week with the Pollinator Posse, Tora Rocha

    National Pollinator Week with the Pollinator Posse, Tora Rocha

    It’s full summer - for us and for the fauna of the Northern Hemisphere. 

    That means many of our most charismatic, sun-loving pollinators are at the peak of their seasonal cycles – and we are celebrating National Pollinator Week with Tora Rocha of the Pollinator Posse based in Oakland, CA – sharing all things love of pollinators. Tora is a gardener and ecosystem steward, leader, and innovator in public gardening.

    Along with Terry Smith, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education specialist, in 2012 Tora co-founded the Pollinator Posse, an Oakland, CA-based organization developing and encouraging pollinator-friendly landscaping and fostering appreciation for local ecosystems through outreach, education, community science, and habitat creation. With eco-friendly landscape techniques at the heart of the work, they teach respect for the creatures which keep their place — and the world — blooming.

    Tora and the Pollinator Posse envision a day when life-enhancing, thought-inspiring green spaces will grace every corner of world. Tora joins Cultivating Place this week to share her garden-life, Pollinator Posse, journey story. Join us!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years, and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Podcasts. To read more and see more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    SOLSTICE SPECIAL: Being Still, with Mary Jo Hoffman

    SOLSTICE SPECIAL: Being Still, with Mary Jo Hoffman

    Happy (almost) Summer Solstice! In celebration of the planetary moment of the longest day and the shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, taking place on June 20th, we get Still.

    We hold a moment of stillness to notice and honor our places, our selves, and our many companions in time and space.

    We’re in conversation with Artist/Photographer Mary Jo Hoffman all about her more than a decade-long daily photographic practice and her new book: Still: The Art of Noticing.

    From my seat, the act of being still and the art of noticing are perfect intentions for any season. Enjoy!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years, and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Podcasts. To read more and see more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    In Honor of Juneteenth: The Anne Spencer House & Garden, with Shaun Spencer Hester

    In Honor of Juneteenth: The Anne Spencer House & Garden, with Shaun Spencer Hester

    In honor of Juneteenth celebrations coming up, we check in on the Anne Spencer House & Garden in Lynchburg, VA. The home and garden of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer and her husband Edward, this garden remains the only known fully restored historic garden of an African American in the U.S.

    We’re in conversation with Anne and Edward’s granddaughter, Shaun Spencer-Hester – who serves as the Executive Director and Curator of the House & Garden Museum.

    Shaun shares so much more information on the history, including new discoveries, the present, and the vibrant future of this important historic treasure of a garden and its gardeners. Listen in!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years, and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Podcasts. To read more and see more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    A Garden's Purpose, with Félix de Rosen

    A Garden's Purpose, with Félix de Rosen

    Cultivating our places with attention, intention, thought and care is certainly an ethos I hold dear and advocate for with some measure of ferocity. When student and gardener Félix de Rosen reached out to me in 2021 seeking advice on a new book project.

    His thinking and design resonated with me, and we have communicated back and forth ever since. 

    Now an ecological designer and artist, and graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University, Félix’s design practice, Polycultura Studio, is based in Oakland, California, on traditional Ohlone territory. His now published book is: A Garden’s Purpose, which invites us to understand gardens as places where we build mutually beneficial relationships with the living world around us. Amen to that. 

    Félix joins me this week on Cultivating Place to share much more about his garden life journey, his philosophy, and the experience of considering the idea of "a Garden’s purpose” from a multitude of perspectives. Listen in!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years, and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Podcasts. To read more and see more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 53 min

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