Spring is here and regeneration is happening all around us! Here are a few places where we're finding fresh inspiration.
🎬 Watch - To Which We Belong
Decades of increasingly industrialized agriculture have brought the world to the brink of climate disaster. “To Which We Belong” follows a new generation of farmers and ranchers who seek to rebuild their businesses and our shared planet by embracing the interconnectedness of living things. We watched this movie on Earth Day and it show demonstrates how the healing of landscapes. Highly recommend if you are anxious about climate and biodiversity crisis.
🎧 Listen - Judy Schwartz’s The Hidden Powers of a Sheep
As Soil Centric readers know from our recent Q & A with BCB, sheep can help regenerate the world’s drying, fire-prone landscapes. To learn about the history of wool in the Northeast and the renaissance it is enjoying, as in “climate beneficial” garments, listen to The Hidden Powers of a Sheep written by Judith D. Schwartz for Craftsmanship Quarterly. We really enjoyed listening to the new audio version narrated by Chris Egusa. (23 minutes)
📖 Read - Liz Carlisle’s Healing Grounds: Climate Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming
In this timely new book, Liz Carlisle tells the stories of four powerful women who are reviving their ancestors' methods of growing food–and in so doing creating belonging, bolstering biodiversity hotspots, and repairing the natural carbon cycle. Carlisle, an assistant professor of agroecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, believes regenerative agriculture is more than a toolkit for storing C02 in the ground. In its truest form it is a holistic approach that values diversity, among people and plants alike. Written for her students, who are driven to address racial justice and climate change, the book includes stunning linoleum print illustrations by Patricia Wakida. (177 pages)
🍄 Create - 10th Floor Studio video – Translation Tapes
Fungi communicate with thousands of species through complex networks above and within the soil. Are we humans among the species they’re trying to engage? If so, what are they trying to tell us?
In this video, our friends at 10th Floor Studio imagine a world where Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) mycelium have examined, processed, and transmitted their message by growing antennae through the recording on a lost cassette tape. Reishi are known to be decomposers, recycling nutrients from dead organisms for others to use. In the decomposition process of this obsolete artifact of human technology, 10th Floor explores the idea of the fungi being able to access and process the information embedded in the iron oxide coated tape wrapped around the spools.
This brings the creators to question: how are fungi responding to what we’ve left behind? What kind of legacy do we want to leave?