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  • Jennifer Jewell, Cultivating Place


California newt - a sure sign of spring.

The Shooting Stars are out - Spring is almost here!

Oh my shooting stars...✨✨✨

One week till spring - till the light is once again on our side. Though the dark was welcome and needed, the return to lightness is equally welcome in its season. In celebration of the Vernal Equinox, this year Cultivating Place kicks off a special monthly audio #gardenlifeloveletter for our generous donors. For all of you who’ve supported the program in 2019 (from January 1 - March 20) with a gift of $30 or more, on the morning of the Equinox you will receive your very own copy of the full Cultivating Place theme song by Sarah and Karisha of the duo MaMuse.

AND starting on Wednesday March 20th, for those of you who’ve donated $120 or more as a one time gift or a pledged one-year monthly donation of $10 (begun anytime from Jan 1- March 20), you will now receive an extra monthly email audio #gardenlifeloveletter from Cultivating Place. This first audio love-letter (with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass”!!) will be in your inbox the morning of the Vernal Equinox, all subsequent bonus audio will arrive on the 15th of each month as a little mid-month boost for you and your garden from me and the Cultivating Place team and our gardens.

There is a direct and POSITIVE connection between your donations of support to Cultivating Place and our ability to produce meaningful and moving content by and about Gardens and Gardener/Naturalists in our world. By financially supporting this program you listen to and love, you support public radio, and you support a higher and deeper level of gardening conversation & engagement, and the cultural value we place on the importance of gardens and gardeners.

You donors make these paradigm shifting conversation possible - Thank you!

If you've been waiting for the right time to support, it's NOW:

By way of just one example, on Thursday March 21st (the first regular program after the first day of Spring), Cultivating Place kicks off a 5-part series on our gardens as healthy habits, in which we'll hear up to date information from experts across the fields - including Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Monarch expert from Cornell University, Scott Black and Phyllis Stiles of The Xerces Society and its Bee City and Bee Campus USA programs, and horticulturist Christine Nye gardening under the Mississippi Flyway of migratory birds along the shores of Lake Michigan at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

REST, NEST, EAT, DRINK & FORAGE: Gardens are necessary and nice habitats for all manner of life - birds, bugs, butterflies and US.

Let's make our gardens count.

We’ve always included a focus on healthy habitat as an integral part of what it means to Garden here on Cultivating Place. If the recent reports of global insect declines, North American Monarch declines, and habitat loss and degradation due to development, chemicals, or loss of protections within our national and state parks have habitat on your gardening mind and heart, check out our previous conversations along these lines, AND make sure to tune in for the upcoming 5 part series. (click any green title below to directly to the audio file and listen.)

There are so many ways we engage in and grow from the cultivation of our places - and we and our gardens are powerful, intersectional agents and spaces for positive change - thanks for being here with me.

And thank you for donating in support of the Cultivating Place mission. (Donate NOW to get your monthly audio #gardenlifeloveletter each month for the year to come...)

Welcome spring!

Cultivating Place is a listener-supported co-production of North State Public Radio.

To make your tax-deductible listener contribution – please click the donate button below.

Thank you in advance for your help making these valuable conversations grow.

Or, make checks payable to: North State Public Radio - Cultivating Place

with Cultivating Place in the memo line, too

and mail to: California State University, Chico

400 W. First Street

Chico, CA 95929-0999


Great Blue Heron - from The California Field Atlas, art and image by artist/author Obi Kaufmann

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