Many people name the lack of a sense of place as one of the most fundamental aches in the civic body. Justifiably so. But in my experience, sense of place is not a state that any individual arrives at and passively resides in. It is a process, a sensing of place.
My interest in this process took me initially to work around local food production, gaining hands-on experience in private and public farms and gardens, such as University of Washington's student farm, Sun Island Farm, and the Beacon Food Forest. I also co-coordinated the publishing of "Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice" (2nd Ed.), which tells stories of projects around the world aimed at improving the social, political, and physical landscapes of our food systems.
Seeking a deeper experiential understanding of ecology beyond the garden's borders, I attended a year-long program at Alderleaf Wilderness College (2012-2013), where I received a Certificate in Ecology and Education, a Permaculture Design Certificate, and a Level III Wildlife Tracker through Cybertracker International. I love working (and playing and learning!) with children, most recently as a summer camp instructor with Wilderness Awareness School.
I am currently living in Devon, England, where my work focuses on integrating experiential ecological knowledge with sustainable horticulture, storytelling with place, and learning with livelihood. I have volunteered at Embercombe and at Schumacher College, and will participate in Schumacher's Sustainable Horticulture apprenticeship in 2014.