Creative Outputs
& Public Writing

Creative Outputs

This collaborative project began with an invitation to participate in a new Laurier-Milton lecture series called "Speak for the Bees". Beyond formal presentations, lectures, peer reviewed journal articles, and popular media, there are diverse ways to engage ourselves with the natural world around us. In this video project, we explore how a diverse groups of artists use different mediums to connect and engage with nature in a broad sense - and with pollinators more specifically. (April 2021)

Project Conception & Facilitation:
Pollinator Garden & Spiral
(Spring-Summer, 2019)

The Pollinator Garden and Spiral are located on the Northdale Campus at Wilfrid Laurier University. These projects were generously supported by the World Wildlife Fund, and the Region of Waterloo Community Environmental Fund, respectively. The garden was installed with a team of volunteers following a permaculture presentation by Nicola Thomas. The garden is maintained and thriving under the care of Laurier Staff, Students, and Faculty volunteer hours. The Spiral was constructed by Kim & Geoff Fellows, with generous support from Laurier Grounds Manager, James Emary. UPDATE: Working with the Laurier Sustainability Office, we are going into our 2nd year with the volunteer program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Laurier Pollinator Garden

In the spring of 2019 I collaborated with the Laurier Sustainability Office and community partners to offer several EnviroSeries workshops, including a class on pollinators and lasagna gardening and a hands-on build of a 224 square foot pollinator garden on the North campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. At the end of the video you can see how beautiful the garden looked exactly one year later, and you will even catch a glimpse of the regions first designated pollinator spiral. Laurier is proud to be a Bee Campus and the garden is thriving. I am now working with the Sustainability Office as we work towards recruiting garden stewards and volunteers that will be able to use their experience towards the Laurier Certificate in Sustainability (staff and faculty) and for their co-curricular records (students).

(Video by J. Marshman)

This video was created in a digital storytelling workshop with FLEdGE, facilitated by ReVision. The video draws on content from my 2015 Master's Thesis on how gleaning contributes to community food security.

Photo by Jennifer Marshman © 2021

Hiding in Plain Sight: Informal Urban Agriculture in Nanjing, China (2016)

Photo Journal from research undertaken in June-July 2015 was displayed at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Food Studies in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Collaborators: Dr. Zhenzhong Si, Emily Mann

Media, Blogs & Other Writing

The Grass is Not Greener
(March, 2016).

New Hamburg Independent.

Homesteadin' Off the Grid (May 2016)

The Community Edition.

Book Reviews 2011-2013.

Alternatives Journal.

Miscellaneous Other

2020 Collaborative letter: Concerns about Food Supply Grow as Pandemic Crisis Deepens (163 signatories), National Observer

2019 Interview: Landscape Wish List for 2020 Pollinator Success, Landscape Trades Magazine

Play Time

Book Shelf (Dec 2021)

  • Decolonizing Epistemologies: Latina/o Theology and Philosophy (2011) by Ada María Isasi-Díaz (Editor), Eduardo Mendieta (Editor). Fordham University Press.

  • Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures (2020) by Merlin Sheldrake. Random House.

  • Food and Femininity Contemporary Food Studies: Economy, Culture and Politics (2015) by Kate Cairns & Josée Johnston. Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Food Production and Nature Conservation: Conflicts and Solutions Paperback (2016) by Iain J. Gordon (Editor), Herbert H.T. Prins (Editor), Geoff R. Squire (Editor). Routledge: Earthscan Food and Agriculture.

    Check Out Previous Reads HERE.

Urban Garden

Andrena mining bees

  • Discovered several Andrena mining bees nesting in one of the raised beds in the garden.

Augochlora pura bees

We have a lot of wood in our yard, mostly brought home for wood turning projects. This year there are countless tiny metallic green bees (I believe small green sweat bees, Augochlora pura) nesting in the logs, found daily on the wild carrot (Queen Anne's lace - Daucus carota). Today I got to watch one excavate her nest as others flew around, in and out of their tunnel nests in the same log.

We spotted these a couple of months ago back in May as well.

All Photos by Jennifer Marshman © 2021