Research Dissemination; sewing seeds of knowledge

I have been thinking about the products of my research. Yes, I will be writing a thesis and it will be publicly available through Western Washington University’s library on CEDAR. I will do my best to avoid making it too dry. But lets be honest, how many people go out of their way to read…

I have found my people: Political Ecologists!

The final blog prompt for our Participatory Action Research/Community Based Participatory Action Research class was to reflect on our experiences this quarter. We were asked to share some of our challenges, ways in which we overcame them, and the lessons we will take with us as independent scholars. Well, this was a particularly trying quarter. Two…

Small Paperwork Victories and a Humbling Insight

Phew! This is the home stretch – the quarter is almost wrapped up. At this point I am running on fumes, but have just enough energy to finish the last projects and post a quick entry. Some joyous paperwork events have transpired in the last couple of weeks or week…. I’m losing track of chronologic…

The Joy of Committees!!

  Just when I was thinking that working two jobs, taking a full load in grad school, and starting an urban homestead was a bit too much to tackle at once, I got invited to join two super exciting local food promotion groups: The Real Food Challenge’s ‘Food Systems Working Group’ and the Whatcom Food…

Pre-research: Getting the lay of the land.

So, before launching into my thesis research, I’ve been working to better familiarizing myself with some of the local food policy stakeholders. Although I already know quite a few of the individuals who are working to strengthen Bellingham’s local food system, I did not have the luxury to systematically delve into their work when I…

A Dirt Farmer Finds a Blog

I far prefer interacting with biota and the living world to pixels and the virtual. However, after ten years of working in the proverbial and literal field as a farmer, educator, and food justice activist, I see the utility in gaining proficiency in this screen-dominated realm. I aim to expand my sphere of influence beyond…

Fresh Kale and Beet Salad

Late spring is a marvelous time to make use of abundant kale in the Northwest. Tragically, some people have an aversion to this nutrient-dense super food. Perhaps it is a PTC sensitive genetic predisposition, perhaps a general distain for dark-leafy-greens proselytizing, or maybe folks just haven’t had it prepared well. Kale is an extraordinarily versatile…