Interviews exploring connections between people and wild plants, with botanist Jared Rosenbaum. Native plants, ecological restoration, field botany, foraging, herbal medicine, and more.
Episode 016 - Restoring Streams with Drew Altland
Drew Altland is a Senior Manager of Water Resources at RK&K. I saw him talk a few years ago on stream restoration and was fascinated by his historical perspective on streams and wetlands in Eastern North America. We talk about stream conditions prior to European arrival, about the impacts of the colonial area, about reading streams in the present day, and various restoration methods. I never thought about streams the same way after hearing Drew talk and I hope this podcast is just as revelatory for you.
Episode 015 - Talking Shop with Spadefoot Nursery
Welcome to Season Three of the podcast! This episode brings us to sunny Tucson Arizona to speak with Katy Gierlach and Jared R. McKinley of Spadefoot Nursery. We talk native plant nursery shop - about being ecologists not horticulturists, getting people to buy ugly plants and weeds, accepting failure, why tomatoes are patriotic if you're Italian, and dumping chicken manure on people's heads. You'll want to tune in. And yes, that's a picture of them.
Hey, if you're digging this podcast, find me on Instagram at @wildplantculture, it's the totality of my social life right now as NJ is snowed in and locked down.
Episode 014 - Shane LaBrake on Stewarding our Tools
My guest today is Shane LaBrake, talking about our relationship with the tools we use and how that relates to sustainability and earth care. With the winter dormant season coming on, many of us have time to sharpen shovels, fix roofs, change fluids and do other maintenance and repair tasks that we felt too busy for in the summer. So in this episode we're playing hooky from plants and talking about tractors, small engines, and the philosophy of maintenance and loving care.
You can reach Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org. He's got some great videos on Tractor Maintenance on YouTube, produced by ATTRA. Here's a link to the first one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhVIewAsqi8
Music this episode is by Horse Graveyard. Check us out on Bandcamp. This episode is brought to you by Wild Ridge Plants.
Episode 013 - Dr. Jay Kelly - Restoring Rare Plants
Today we have a dispatch from the front lines of habitat destruction and deer overpopulation -- New Jersey. But don't despair! We're talking with Dr. Jay Kelly about some remarkable rare plant recoveries and prospects for restoration.
This podcast is brought to you by Wild Ridge Plants, growers and stewards of native plants.
The music at the beginning and end is "The Ship" by my once (and maybe future) band Horse Graveyard. If you like raw, dark, heavy music with a bit of blazing sunshine peering out from the dark clouds... check us out.
Thanks for listening!
Episode 012 - Dr. Liz Koziol, Notes from Underground Fungi
We explore the underworld with Liz Koziol of MycoBloom! Join me as we delve into the soil to uncover relationships between mycorrhizal fungi and native plants. Liz is a researcher and entrepreneur supporting ecological restoration by making available native prairie fungi, which dramatically aid specialist plant species growth, increasingly floristic quality and diversity.
Episode 011 - Dr. Susan Leopold on Rare Medicinal Plants
My conversation is with Dr. Susan Leopold, Ethnobotanist and Executive Director of United Plant Savers. Here are some of the topics we discuss:
• Medicinal parasitic plants
• United Plant Savers
• Protections for rare plants, lack of in US
• Not aligning with other parts of the conservation movement
• Underworld smuggling
• Trade in white sage
• Migrant labor and herb harvests
• Gypsy co-ops and ramps
• Forest Grown Program
• Supporting herbal companies doing right by plants and people
• Harvesting ramps in Europe
• Federal management of medicinal plant harvest -- in Europe, lacking in United States
• Osha and disturbance
• Anti-viral herbs and coronavirus. Shutdown in trade of medicinals
• Forest service management and medicinal herb conservation. Overgrazing
• FairWild plant trade issues due to coronavirus
• Growing hemp in Virginia
• Spagyric extraction of cannabis
• Cannabinoids and Ginsenosides as diffusive herbs
• United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary
Find Susan’s herbal products at ParisApothecaryVA.com
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Sooooo good. Mind blowing insights from what is clearly a carefully curated selection of guests. These are people in the world of restoration (etc) who approach their work with both rigor and tender loving care. While sometimes the conversation gets into the weeds of the unknown it’s never the unfounded woo-woo that often sneaks it’s way into plant culture. All curiosity and no snake oil. I love Jared’s rambling way of asking too many questions at once. And the music is great!!
Interesting guest, Jared delves in places I’d like to hear more about, powerful gutsy music beginning and end.
An Intelligent Celebration of Natural and Historical Interconnection
I came upon this podcast by following the work of Dr. Susan Leopold and United Plant Savers (excellent episode), and have been listening ever since. The threads these conversations run are grounded and bear great technical information, with the tone of ease and access that all ecological dialogues would benefit from. I look forward to continued programming from Wild Plant Culture. Thank you!