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What does it even mean to be a woman in plants? Jennifer Jewell started to answer this question in her book, The Earth in Her Hands, but came away with something much more. Taking off from her popular podcast, Cultivating Place, Jennifer shows the diverse ways in which horticulture intersects with our everyday world and on women whose work has enriched and expanded those intersections.
Jennifer introduces 75 inspiring women from botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice. Yolanda Burrell of Pollinate Farm & Garden, for instance, shares the joys of urban agriculture. She reminds us that, “giving others access to the resources and knowledge to grow their own food is really about teaching them not to forget how”. Yolanda runs a skill sharing group in Oakland California, where she informs others on how to grow, in an effort to stay out of the “food swamps”, like fast food joints and gas station type food marts.
Tiffany Freeman is an acupuncturist and clinical herbalist from Calgary. Jennifer showcases Tiffany’s desire to integrate traditional Chinese medicine and Indigineous plant based knowledge in her clinical and educational work. Again repeating her theme of how interconnected growing is, and how all these 75 women are dedicated to sharing their knowledge by passing down to the next generation.
I love reading about plants, and how spiritual getting to know nature can be and that’s why, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants by
Jennifer Jewell, is Day Twelve of our Twenty-Four Days of Giveaways. We have also included seeds that make appearances in the book, namely, Calendula Greenheart Gold, Cherry Mix Tomatoes and our Pollinator Mix. Oh, and there’s even a great piece on our author from Day 6, BC’s Christin Geall.
For a chance to win leave a comment below. In your message share who has inspired you to grow, or a woman in gardening you’d like to meet, anything really, as long as it's meant to pick people up. EASY. This giveaway is open to anyone with a Canadian shipping address. Contest is open December 12th for 24 hours. Closes December 12th at midnight PT.
Of course, if you know someone who would be inspired by Jennifer’s book about 75 extraordinary women in plants, please share!
Learn more and connect with Jennifer Jewell
Book: The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants
Instagram: Cultivating Place
Website: Cultivating Place
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