& Public Writing
Diverse Ways of Knowing Nature [video](April 2021)
Andrea Elena, watercolour artist
Ann Sanderson, science illustration
Jennette Reid, metalsmith
Gaia's Gardens, landscape artists
Project Concept, Facilitation & Editor: Jennifer Marshman
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)
Conference Poster: The Diverse Economies of Bee Cities (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 to launch the new campus volunteer program in June 2021.
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)
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
Book Shelf (July 2021)
The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene (2020) by Bram Büscher & Robert Fletcher VERSO Books
The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy (2016) by Maggie Berg & Barbara K. Seeber University of Toronto Press
Post Growth: Life After Capitalism (2021) by Tim Jackson WILEY Books
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.