I am a PhD student in Geography, an anti-racist marxist feminist, and passionate practitioner of permaculture. My main research focus is about struggles to create bee-friendly cities.

Planning your garden in the face of climate breakdown

In the face of climate breakdown, the task of cheerfully planning one’s garden may be filled with sadness, anxiety, or confusion. The snowy picture of my backyard looks lovely and wintry but until yesterday, it was freakishly mild. I know other parts of the world are experiencing much more serious climate chaos. However, the creation of spaces in which people and non-human nature can flourish is more important now than perhaps ever before.

Small-scale farmers – not lab foods – can help save the planet

George Monbiot’s recent article in which he celebrates the rise of lab-based foods and the end of the agrarian age is highly problematic. It ignores social scientific and scientific research about agricultural systems and minimizes the practices and struggles of small-scale, organic farmers.

Radical change & radical patience: lessons from my garden

Sometimes we have to spend time nurturing things even though we don’t know when and if they will flourish. This is true for gardens and it’s also true for social change and social movements. Maybe there are movements that, like my native wildflowers, seem to have died but will grow back stronger and more beautiful than ever. Maybe there are forms of social change that I will nurture for years like my Paw Paws, possibly never getting to eat the fruit myself but creating the conditions so that others can.

Other worlds are possible but only through struggle

I have certainty about one thing: it will be better to collectively struggle for freedom against this brutal, life-destroying system than to struggle alone. The most amazing moments of exhilarating joy will be collective.

Don’t show your cleavage: A rant

“Don’t show your cleavage.” I have heard this advice from: A professor leading a required grad course on professionalism in academia (she also told the women when the appropriate time … Continue reading Don’t show your cleavage: A rant

Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

In this episode, I announce the new podcast name, which I will be rolling out over the next month, and I discuss the climate strike and Canadian elections! Resources from … Continue reading Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Check out my recent article in The Conversation Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees. If you find it interesting please share! When will the podcast be back? Mid-May. I … Continue reading Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

In this episode I explore the implications the global insect decline. Why are insects in decline and, more importantly why should you care? What actions can we take in cities … Continue reading Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline