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The Ground Shots Podcast is an audio project exploring our relationship to ecology through conversations and storytelling with artists, ecologists, farmers, activists, story-tellers, land-tenders and more. How do we do our work in the modern age, when the urgency of ecological and social collapse feels looming? How do we creatively and whole-heartedly navigate our relationships with one another and the land?
 
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Episode #63 is a conversation with Marissa Percoco out of Barnardsville, NC. Marissa (she/her) is an avid fermentation enthusiast who has spent the last 10 years exploring community and the wilds, as well as living deeply with various fermented cultures and local plants, and learning how it all comes together. Traveling through the wild places of T…
 
Episode #62 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Chama Woydak of Homegrown Families and Dancing Springs Farm, out of Asheville, North Carolina. Chama and I have a relationship that spans over a decade, which began when I landed on her farm in 2012 to go to herbal medicine school. We ended up farming together for a few years befo…
 
Episode #61 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Jill Trashley out of Asheville, North Carolina. ... ... Earlier in the Spring, Jill and I met up in Asheville to distill some Lemon Balm together. First, we went to her friends’ house, down the road from hers, where we had permission to harvest Lemon Balm from their very abundant …
 
Episode #60 of the Ground Shots Podcast is a solo episode with Kelly, glimpsing into a window of Spring in southern Appalachia. In this episode of the podcast, I chat about paying attention to details of place and how those moments of attention become stories of reverence. Some observations late May on the current land where I’m spending time Info …
 
Episode #59 of the Ground Shots Podcast is a conversation with Professor Matt Chew, and is hosted by Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, Nikki Hill and Gabe Crawford. Dubbed a ‘gadfly of invasion biology’ by Scientific American, Matt Chew is known for critiquing ecology’s overreliance on societal metaphors and conservationists’ misapplication of notions li…
 
Episode #58 of the podcast features Sean Croke, who runs the Hawthorn School of Plant Medicine in the Pacific Northwest. In this episode of the podcast, we talk about: Sean’s herbalism practice herbalism during covid and the gain in interest in natural medicine since the pandemic started some special characteristics of Cascadia and the Pacific Nort…
 
Episode #57 of the podcast is a conversation between Gabe Crawford and Dr. Angela Moles. Gabe Crawford, a former podcast guest, hosts this episode of the Ground Shots Podcast. Gabe has been conducting research on the history of anthropogenic landscapes, ecology, botany, and ethnobotany, and discovering bias and racism in those fields that have carr…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Gabe Crawford, a former podcast guest, catches up with Dan Nanamkin, who was featured previously on Episode #39 of the Podcast. Dan Nanamkin is from the Chief Joseph Band Of Wallowa, Nez Perce, and Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington State has been an advocate/teacher for indigenous culture, community unity, y…
 
Episode #55 is a conversation with Téo Montoya of the Indigenous Futures Podcast. Téo was our guest on episode #48 of the podcast. Episode #48 was a series of recordings from his joining Gabe Crawford and I on the Colorado Trail last summer for a couple days during our Plant-a-go walk. After that episode went out, Téo and I chatted about doing anot…
 
Episode #54 of the Ground Shots Podcast is a conversation with Sarah Galvin, who hosts and creates with House of Yore, formerly Forest and Fjord. Sarah hosts exploratory ancestral workshops through House of Yore, as well as sells small batch bioregional herbal medicine. *** In this conversation with Sarah, we talk about: *** Sarah’s traveling years…
 
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast is a conversation between Kelly Moody and Gabe Crawford. We haven’t done an episode together since we were on the Colorado Trail this past summer. So, we wanted to talk about the research we have been doing since we got off of the trail, and while hermiting a bit in our bell tent camp along a riparian corrid…
 
This episode of the podcast features the host, Kelly, solo, speaking about her upbringing in the south and her journey towards starting the Ground Shots Project and Podcast. Find the FULL transcript for this episode on our Patreon page, here. This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast is a first! It’s me, Kelly, the podcast host, speaking solo about …
 
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast is a conversation with Ali Meders-Knight, out of Chico, California. Ali Meders-Knight is a Mechoopda tribal member, mother of five, and traditional basketweaver based in Chico, CA. She is a Mechoopda Tribal liaison working to form partnerships for federal forest stewardship contracting and tribal forestry pr…
 
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Wren Haffner and Ini Giesbrecht of Mountain Jewel Center for Earth Connection, an 18 acre homestead in the Ozarks. I’ve been following Mountain Jewel for a few years now on Instagram, since before Wren and Ini started tending the land they steward. I’ve been consistently inspired…
 
Episode #48 of the Ground Shots Podcast is the last recording Gabe and I conducted on our 2020 Colorado Trail Plant-a-go walk. This episode documents a few conversations Gabe and I had with our friend Téo Montoya who came to hike with us for a brief stint on the west side of the Collegiate Loop section of the trail. Téo Montoya is a Lipan Apache(Nd…
 
Episode #47 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with artist and creative land-tender Sharon Kallis, who lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Sharon is a community engaged environmental artist. I met Sharon last year at the Saskatoon Circle ancestral skills gathering in eastern Washington. Before the gathering, one of my good friends had …
 
Episode #46 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation between Gabe Crawford and Kelly Moody tuning in around mile 300 of their ‘Plant-a-go’ thru-hike walk on the Colorado Trail this summer. To listen to their reflections on the first 100 miles of the walk, listen to Episode #43, here. In this episode of the podcast, we talk about: redefin…
 
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with the potter and artist John Mahkewa, Hopi-Tewa elder currently living in Yuma, Arizona. John and I met a few years ago at the Buckeye Gathering, an ancestral skills gathering that usually occurs in the Spring in Concow, California. Since this gathering where I met John and took hi…
 
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Ramona Moonflower Rubin, an activist and forest therapist living in the Bay area of California. Ramona Moonflower Rubin walks a path woven of science, spirituality and activism connecting human and ecological health. Ramona studied Cultural Ecology at the University of Santa Cruz…
 
Episode #42 features a conversation between Kelly Moody (podcast host) and Gabe Crawford, previous podcast guest. In this episode of the podcast, we discuss our observations on the first six segments or first 100 miles or so of our Colorado Trail Plant—a-go walk. We talk about the nature and spectrum of small to extreme disturbances on the land We …
 
Episode #42 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Charity Cimarron, the main singer and songwriter behind the music project Mother Marrow. Charity and I met in 2013 in Asheville, North Carolina and have been friends ever since. I’m honored to feature her music at the theme song and outro for the Ground Shots Podcast. In this epis…
 
Episode #41 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a story documenting my visit with Michael Ridge of Walking with Western Wildflowers August 2019 in Kamiah, Idaho, Nimiipuu country. In this episode with Michael we talk about: the importance of ecological participation as a way to belong to place Michael's way of wild-tending nomadically on horseback…
 
Episode #40 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Samuel Bautista Lazo, who was a guest on Episode #1 of the podcast which aired several summers ago. Listen to the first conversation we had with Samuel here: Episode #1: Samuel Bautista Lazo on weaving in Oaxaca, colonialism, the importance of making things. Samuel is Benizaa (Zap…
 
Episode #39 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Dan Nanamkin. Dan Nanamkin is from the Chief Joseph Band Of Wallowa, Nez Perce, and Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington State has been an advocate/teacher for indigenous culture, community unity, youth empowerment, racial equality, and peace for several decades. Prior to St…
 
Episode #38 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Jim Croft, medieval era bookbinder, hand papermaker and wonderful storyteller. This podcast episode was recorded summer 2019 in Santa, Idaho on his homestead during he and his partner Melody’s ‘Old Ways of Making Books’ class they host most summers. This interview was co-facilitat…
 
This episode of the podcast features a conversation with Dara Saville out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dara is an Herbalist and Geographer with a passion for native plants, public lands, and community engagement. She is the founder and primary instructor of the Albuquerque Herbalism bioregional herbal studies program and a columnist for Plant Healer…
 
Episode #35 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Zach Elfers, an ethnobotanist who lives in eastern Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna River. Zach runs the Nomad Seed Project. From Zach’s website: The Nomad Seed Project sets out to research, document, experiment, and propagate wild, native, and perennial plants which have excepti…
 
Episode #35 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, recorded in rural southern New Mexico last month in his outdoor kitchen, surrounded by friendly feral cats. I visited with Kollibri last month, where he is currently living, gardening and writing. He gave me a few of his books to read through, and after…
 
Episode #34 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Hannah Schiller of Foliage Botanics. Hannah and her herbalism project are based out of the Hudson valley of New York. Hannah and I met back in 2012 when we both interned at the United Plant Savers' Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. Since then, we lived a summer together in No…
 
Episode #33: Wild Tending series / Nikki Hill and Gabe Crawford on re-thinking the concept of invasive plants Episode #33 of the podcast features another conversation with Nikki Hill and Gabe Crawford recorded on the hillside at Small Potatoes Farm in Paonia, Colorado. Listen to episode #31 with Nikki and Gabe on the basics of wild-tending, here. G…
 
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with craftsfolk Brien Beidler and Mary Sullivan at the off-grid rural Idaho homestead of Jim Croft and Melody Eckroft during their summer 2019 ‘Old Ways of Making Books’ class. Brien, Mary and I sat down at the end of a three week workshop period where we all had different roles as bo…
 
Episode #31 of the Ground Shots Podcast is a conversation with Nikki Hill and Gabe Crawford, recorded on a sunny day in Paonia, Colorado on the wild edges of Small Potatoes Farm this past November. Gabe Crawford was raised on a small homestead outside of Durango, Colorado and started learning about plants from an early age. He got launched on his p…
 
Episode #30 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Laura Pendell, writer, artist and partner of the late ethnobotanist Dale Pendell. Laura and I got together after several meet-ups last year to record this conversation in their shared library and studio in Penn Valley, California this past summer. We intended to record a conversat…
 
Episode #29 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Marc Williams, who is based out of Asheville, North Carolina. I took a trip to the Southeast this past September, where I visited my folks in southern Virginia and friends in Asheville, NC. Marc and I met up for an interview in West Asheville, NC, in the backyard of our mutual fri…
 
Episode #28 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Tamara Wilder, who is based out of Ukiah, California. Tamara has been teaching various ancestral skills from wild foods preparation, primitive fire-making, hide tanning, cordage and more for several decades. She co-wrote the book 'Buckskin: The Ancient Art of Braintanning'’ with S…
 
Episode #27 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Katie Russell, the founder of the Buffalo Bridge Project on the ongoing work of the Buffalo Bridge Crew. We sat down to chat in my camper behind the laundromat in Twisp, Washington while we ate cherries and saskatoon berries. Katie Russell lives in the Methow valley in Washington …
 
Hey ya’ll, Episode #26 of the Ground Shots Podcast is a mixtape of work composed by the musician and ecologist Lisa Schonberg influenced by soundscapes from the land where she does scientific research. Lisa is featured in conversation in Episode #25 of the podcast. Listen to our conversation about Lisa’s music and research in #25, and then listen t…
 
Episode #25 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Lisa Schonberg. We sat down at her home in Portland, Oregon, in-between her various research projects in the tropics. Lisa is a composer, percussionist, field recordist, teacher, and writer with a background in entomology and ecology. Lisa has traveled extensively to carry out fie…
 
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 espe…
 
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, …
 
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 Eck…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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: Regeneratio…
 
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, Lind…
 
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, m…
 
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 doin…
 
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 bask…
 
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