Spontaneous Vegetation

NANCE KLEHM, RADICAL ECOLOGIST  |  Podcast , ±54 min episodes every 2 weeks, 6 days  | 
Join host Nance Klehm for long format conversations with folks who find the cracks, break up the compaction, remediate the contamination and leave the soil (metaphorically or literally) better for us all.

Spontaneous Vegetation airs on Lumpen Radio (WLPN-LP Chicago) on 2nd and 4th Sundays 5-6pm CST.

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09
AUG
2020

Nance Klehm with Singer and Songwriter Ashé Om

Ashé Om is a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. He is currently on a mission to lift, inspire and nurture space for collective healing through his art. Along with music Ashe has developed a fascination for nature and our relationship with it, recognizing the spiritual benefits of being in touch with the land. He plans on deepening his understanding through structured studies of herbalism in these coming times. @OmasheOm
12
JUL
2020

Nance Klehm with Organizer Kelly Pope

Kelly Pope is a genderqueer organizer with a background in fine arts and cultural criticism. They are based in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. They’re passionate about low tech biochar production, bioregional herbalism, somatic healing for grief and trauma, Florida natural history, and workers’ health and safety. They would not call themselves an artist; they utilize the arts as a means of opening lines of communication and ideas/exploration. As a scorpio and social chameleon they have a lived experience in liminality that informs their interest in all things transitory. And now, as an essential worker during a global pandemic, they have even more urgency around sharing their perspective and vision of the world. This episode aired on July 12, 2020. It includes clips from two separate interviews with Kelly, conducted in May 2020.
10
JUL
2020

Nance Klehm with Hula Instructor and Zen Priest June Kailini Ryushin Tanoue

Kumu June was born in Laupahoehoe on the Hamakua (Breath of the Ancestors) Coast on Hawaii Island. She began hula classes at age 6 with Louise Beamer and then danced off and on with other teachers like George Naope and Newton Hitchcock. She began studying seriously in 1988 with Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang in his Halau Hula Ka No’eau (HHKN) in Waimea.
Kumu June went through traditional ʻuniki ritual and graduated as ‘Olapa (Dancer) in 1994, ‘Olapa/Ho’opa’a (Dancer/Keeper of the Chants) in 1996 and Kumu Hula (Master Teacher) in June 2000. She also studied with Native Hawaiian elder and master la’au lapa’au (Hawaiian medicinal plants and spirituality) practitioner Henry Allen Auwae for five years until his death in 2001.
She is the founder and director of Halau I Ka Pono hula school also a co-founder of the Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago with her husband Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse and was fully empowered as a Zen priest and Sensei (teacher) in the White Plum Lineage in 2014. www.halauikapono.org
30
MAY
2020

Nance Klehm with Jennifer Walling

Jen Walling has been the executive director of the Ilinois Environmental Council since January 2011. She oversees the stragegic development and management of the organization and lobbies decision makers on environmental issues. Jen is obsessed with building the power of the environmental community to build policy outcomes that protect the environment. Over the last decade Jen has worked to grow IEC five-fold in terms of staffing, budget, and member affiliateswith a laser focus of representing over 90 affiliated organizations. Jen helped secure IEC partnership with the League of Conservation Voters which has helped IEC network and build on a national level with similar organizations. Jen holds a Bachelor's and Master's in natural resources and Environmental Science from UIUC. She received a JD from University of Illinois College of Law and is an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois.
09
MAY
2020

Nance Klehm with Catatumbo Cooperative Farm

Catatumbo Cooperative Farm is a worker owned collective run by three immigrant queer, nonbinary women, located in South Chicago. CCF uses a community supported agriculture model to provide culturally relevant food for community members in Little Village, Englewood, and South Chicago neighborhoods. CCF officially begun operations in the fall of 2018 but was conceived in 2017 when the three worker owners attended Soul Fire farmers immersion program. It can be argued that the seeds for Catatumbo Cooperative Farm were planted long before that, through their families’ histories and relationship to agriculture, migration, and community-building.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/CatatumboCooperative
01
MAY
2020

Nance Klehm with Ben Kessler

Ben Kessler is, or was, a school teacher, biologist, gardener, and nursery man. He used to work with birds who eat mammals who eat plants, and so became interested in botany by process of elimination. Ben is a worker partner with Little Bluestem, a worker-directed nonprofit that propagates and distributes plants native to central Virginia. Ben lives in a little holler in Nelson County where the water runs sweet.

https://www.littlebluestem.net/
27
MAR
2020

Nance Klehm with Zach Elfers

A curiosity for the natural world has sustained Zach from an early age. This solidified into a passion as he came of age, and dirtied his hands through horticulture, ethnobotany, permaculture, and native plants. Learning native plant propagation, things came together in a very real way, when he realized that the forager's perspective and the propagator's understanding went hand in hand. His path has led him to wild tending, an imperfect word for an ethic of relating to nature, based on reciprocity. Wildtending sets itself as an alternative to the troubled colonial legacy which created the contexts away from which we are presently emerging. Zach is a native of the mid Atlantic Piedmont and is currently based out of the lower Susquehanna river region.
His profiles and writing can be found at nomadseed.com
26
JAN
2020

Nance Klehm with Rikki Longino

Rikki Longino is the founder of the Mobile Moon Co-op and Vice Chair of the Utah Permaculture Collective. She biked from Salt Lake City to New York State in 2016, where she met Nance Klehm and Oona Goodman at the Radical Mycology Convergence. She continued to bike around the country and eventually came home to start a mobile botanical apothecary for women and queers in a converted school bus. Now she has found a 1/2 acre lot to park the bus, grow herbs, and build capacity for Permaculture movement in so called Utah (Occupied Ute, Goshute, Paiute territory). Rikki is also working on creating a mushroom-infused tarot deck with Oona Goodman, wherein each of the major arcana are represented by a unique edible, medicinal, or poisonous fungus. www.mobilemooncoop.com
12
JAN
2020

Nance Klehm with Journalist Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter, author and journalism instructor. She is a lecturer in the graduate program at the Medill School of Journalism, at Northwestern University, where she leads the Social Justice & Investigative Specialization and is co-director of the Social Justice News Nexus, a fellowship program that brings together graduate students and professional reporters.

Kari writes for Midwest Energy News, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Chicago Reader and In These Times, with a focus on environment and energy; housing; the opioid crisis; and labor. Her work has appeared in publications including Discover Magazine, Crain's Chicago Business, The Economist, Newsmax, People Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and High Country News.

http://www.karilydersen.net/
https://www.medill.northwestern.edu/directory/faculty/kari-lydersen.html
22
DEC
2019

Nance Klehm with Poet and Organizer Hyperion Çaca Yvaire (Part 2)

This interview is part 2 of a 2-part series.
Çaca Yvaire (He/Li) is a sovereign poet, designer, and tracker. Sharp and coastal sensibilities applied to systems of climate migration, wild law, environmental security, and more-than-human personhood. Li is developing strategies for critical planetary action. He is co-director at Northeast Farmers Of Color.
https://nefoclandtrust.org/
08
DEC
2019

Nance Klehm with Poet and Organizer Hyperion Çaca Yvaire (Part 1)

This interview is part 1 of a 2-part series.
Çaca Yvaire (He/Li) is a sovereign poet, designer, and tracker. Sharp and coastal sensibilities applied to systems of climate migration, wild law, environmental security, and more-than-human personhood. Li is developing strategies for critical planetary action. He is co-director at Northeast Farmers Of Color.
https://nefoclandtrust.org/
28
OCT
2019

Nance Klehm with Chicanx Organizer and Mycologist Mario Ceballos

Mario Ceballos is a Chicanx from Kumeyaay territory also known as San Diego CA. Mario is a stay at home parent of three children, and when they aren't braiding hair or making lunch they are thinking of ways to heal their community. Whether that be by using medicinal Fungi, direct action, smashing the patriarchy, or painting rocks with kids. Mario advocates for all marginalized people and looks to indigenous ways and models for organizing community and cultivating resilience. Growing up in a " border town" , Mario has been forced to navigate two different worlds, with family on both sides of the border, they have first hand experience with the devastating effects of colonization and the re-traumatization of a increasingly militarized border.
In a attempt to mitigate appropriation of traditional medicine and to increase access and representation for people of color, Mario created the POC Fungi Community.
https://www.facebook.com/pocfungicommunity1/

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