What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability is about doing the least amount of harm and striving to do the most good. Treating the land and people in a way that promotes dignity and authenticity. For me, it’s about resourcefulness, humility, and mindful consumption.
How can we make urban farming more accessible to everyone?
Education and access. In short, creating more community-led gardens with leaders who are a reflection of the community being served.
What do you hope to see in the future of sustainable fashion?
More clothes made out of plant materials. I’m really excited about mushroom leather!
Does farming and foraging influence your poetry, or vice versa?
I once heard you have to stand up to live before you sit down to write, and that really stuck with me. I’m influenced by the inherent poetry of working the land.
How do you sustain yourself as an environmentalist?
Lots of black tea! Haha. I always carve out time for self care, but I understand that this is a privilege, so sometimes it’s hard to put the shovel down and invest time back into myself. Baths help.
What advice would you give to young people interested in pursuing careers in sustainability?
Just go for it, but start small. Start local. Find out the needs of your immediate community and offer solutions. Create a composting station at your high school, plant a garden behind your dorm.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever foraged?
Lobster mushrooms! I found 50 lbs of them recently, and they taste JUST like lobster.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading a field guide to Missouri wildflowers in preparation for a trip.
Favorite kind of mushroom?
Best place to eat in Los Angeles?
I love Doomies! They have such good vegan comfort food.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever found vintage shopping?
Boots! I love vintage boots.