Episode #24 the Ground Shots Podcast features a field recording of a morning spent with Epona Heathen and her child Rainan outside their camp at the 2019 Saskatoon Circle Gathering in the Methow Valley, near Twisp, Washington.
Epona sings a few striking and emotive songs for me, and speaks about her intentions behind her music. This episode is especially focused on Epona’s song ‘Our Lady of the Sunflower,’ an ode to the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata (Asteraceae), a common and...
Episode #23 the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Steven Edholm who homesteads outside of Ukiah, California.
Steven co-runs an educational land skills project called Paleotechnics with Tamara Wilder and a skills-based YouTube channel called Skillcult which focuses on axes, fruit trees, grafting, hide tanning, primitive fire making, making lime for the garden, among many other topics. Steven has been researching and teaching self-reliance skills for several...
Episode #22 of the Ground Shots Podcast
This episode of the podcast features a conversation with Alyssa Sacora of the Patchwork Underground, who lives near Asheville, North Carolina. Alyssa came out to northern Idaho to take Jim Croft's 'Old Ways of Making Books' class held every year or every other year on the homestead of Jim Croft and Melody Eckroft, where I have been teaching the leather, parchment and brain-tan buckskin portion of the class. Alyssa makes books and paper, weaves...
Episode #21 of the Ground Shots Podcast
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Alicia Toldi, who currently lived in Oakland, California. Alicia co-runs Piney Wood Atlas.
According to their website:
"Piney Wood Atlas is a collaborative project between citizen artists Alicia Toldi and Carolina Porras and was formed out of a desire to help spread the word about the magical world of artist residencies.
Through a series of regional road trips, we travel across...
Episode #20 of the Ground Shots Podcast.
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast was recorded at the Kaua'i Food Forest on a volunteer day one Saturday in May 2019. Freddie Mango Roots is one person in the core volunteer collective that tends the food forest on the island. He utilizes Korean Natural Farming techniques at the food forest as well as at his own gardens at home. We spend some time together going into Freddie's personal story, and venture into philosophy about our culture and...
Episode #19 of the Ground Shots Podcast.
In this episode of the Ground Shots Podcast, I chat with Hannah Smith, a writer, naturalist, hiking and climbing guide who lives seasonally working outdoor jobs or doing artist residencies in different parts of the country. I interviewed Hannah while we camped together in Big Sur, California early April 2019. Hannah and I studied papermaking and printmaking together at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina a few years ago.
Since our time...
Episode #18 of the Ground Shots Podcast.
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Amy Armantrout of Scavenge Magic. Amy and her project are located outside of Eugene, Oregon.
This episode was recorded late last summer on the land where Amy lives outside of town. We sat in her outdoor kitchen, a space where she dyes used garments from thrift stores primarily with Black Walnut. Amy and I have been friends since 2013, when we lived together while attending...
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Paul Massey and Rob Cruz of the Kaua’i Food Forest.
The Kaua’i Food Forest is a community-based subtropical food ecosystem located on Kaua`i’s north shore in the ahupua`a (watershed) of Kalihiwai, a project born from the collaboration of three nonprofit organizations: Regenerations Botanical Garden, Mālama Kaua`i, and the Sanctuary of LUBOF. Regenerations is responsible for leading the ongoing design, planting, and...
Episode 16 of the Ground Shots Podcast.
This episode is a conversation with Lindsey Leach, who lives in Richmond, Virginia. I recorded our conversation this past October, while I was doing a printmaking residency in Petersburg, Virginia at Cornmeal Press, the studios of Aimee Joyaux, our guest from Episode 14. When this interview was recorded, Lindsey was working as the Development Manger at ChildSavers, an organization dedicated to the mental wellbeing of children in the greater RVA...
This special extra episode of the podcast features a conversation with Sam Sycamore of the Good Life Revival Podcast. He hails originally from Kentucky, but has also traveled at different times across the U.S., farmed in Indiana, and now currently lives off-grid in Santa Cruz, California where he runs his podcast, is tending permaculture gardens, makes music and teaches an online foraging course.
Sam reached out to me to see if I’d like to do a collaborative recording to share on both of...
Episode 14 of the Ground Shots Podcast.
This episode of the podcast features a conversation with radical visual artist and printmaker Aimee Joyaux who runs Cornmeal Press in Petersburg, Virginia. We recorded this conversation when I visited Aimee in October 2018, before doing a multi-week printmaking residency in her studios. I met Aimee while doing an immersive eight-week artist book, printmaking and papermaking workshop at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina a few springs...
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Aganaq Kostenborder, a mixed indigenous weaver, craftsperson, seamstress, and artist currently living in Oregon. We talk about her relationship to Willow, rethinking weaving with culturally sensitive plants, watching plants and learning from them all throughout the year, how baskets can hold moments in time and place, how baskets can gravitate towards the people they are meant for. Aganaq and I have been friends for years,...
Episode 12 of The Ground Shots Podcast.
This longer *bonus* episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Turtle T. Turtlington on all things mead making while we drink several bottles of homemade mead Turtle brewed. Turtle was previously a guest on episode four of the podcast, where he chronicles his walk across the width of California.
We talk about:
instructions on how to make mead
details on primary and secondary fermentation in mead making
Episode 11 of the Ground Shots Podcast.
A conversation recorded by the south fork of the Trinity River in Hyampom, California with ancestral skills instructor Woniya Thibeault.
We talk about:
connecting to the wild through ancestral skills,
the pros and cons of farming,
having cultural sensitivity around ancestral skills and an awareness of colonization,
various fibers for spinning or knitting,
the Weaving Earth program,
Woniya's various book projects, and...
Episode Ten of the Ground Shots Podcast.
Episode ten is part field recording, part interview done while walking with Adam Stolte and his goat herd (plus the pig Ragnar) this past September in Hood River, Oregon. On our evening walk through Douglas Fir groves, Scotch Broom died back and Hazelnut, we discuss a number of topics related to goats, pastoralism, public lands, nomadism, connecting to the land through animals, plants that goats love to forage in this specific region, writers and...
Episode nine of the Ground Shots Podcast.
A conversation with artist and designer Christiana Hedlund on her art and craft practice, the feeling of color, place informed design, her Signal Fire experience, and more.
We talk about:
Christiana’s study of painting and craft in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, France and Mexico.
Colors and how they affect people differently and often reflect something about the land around us or perhaps our current social and political...
Episode eight of the Ground Shots Podcast.
A conversation with Naturopathic doctor and herbalist Mario Tarasco on working with low-income & at-risk populations as a Naturopathic doctor, taking the harm reduction and non-shaming approach to working with addiction, the current opiate crisis in the U.S., herbal apprenticeships and more.
We talk about:
How Oregon's laws make it easier than in other states for Naturopathic doctors to provide care for low-income and at-risk...
Episode seven of the Ground Shots Podcast.
A conversation with folk herbalist, teacher, witch and forager Rebecca Beyer of Blood and Spicebush, out of Barnardsville, NC.
We talk about:
a few plants in the southern Appalachia and the folklore around them
different ways to think about how to responsibly teach about Appalachian folk herbalism
acknowledging the erasure of the contributions of West African folks to Appalachian folk herbalism practices due to white...
Episode six of the Ground Shots Podcast.
A conversation with artist Tilke Elkins on the investigation of color through natural pigments and experiential art.
We talk about:
harvesting and processing natural pigments
navigating moral questions surrounding settlers harvesting natural pigments for art, craft or to sell
the historical invention of synthetic pigments and how it affected art and the accessibility of paint
creative explorations of urban art
Episode Five of the Ground Shots Podcast.
A conversation with artist Ryan Pierce out of Portland, Oregon on the work of the organization Signal Fire, which aims to connect artists and activists to wild spaces through unique programming.
We talk about:
How Signal Fire started, it's mission and evolution as a unique non-profit that blends wilderness retreats, artist residencies and environmental activism together.
How Signal Fire navigates inclusivity and relevancy for many different...