“We give to the land and the land gives back. Without the care for the land we get sick.” - Tao Orion from Beyond the War on Invasives
Our goal is to restore the importance of place-based identity through reestablishing reciprocity and stewardship with the land, especially within the urban domain. We propagate these intentions through collaboration, guided plant tours, workshops, herbal consultations and activity-based educational tools.
Common Knowledge takes an intimate look at what plants are common within any given environment to begin to understand the inner workings of the land and her needs regardless of native/non-native hierarchies. Ecosystems do not operate nor thrive through human imposed binaries. To truly understand our symbiosis with nature we must carefully hone each of our senses in an act of sacred listening and respect. Our goal is to expand ecological literacy and cure the pandemic dis-ease of plant blindness as an essential step toward mental, emotional and physical well-being with all life.
Whether used as medicine, food, dye, cordage, paper or building material, Common Knowledge is a platform for sharing cross-cultural information about how we have lived symbiotically with our green allies throughout the centuries. Growing everywhere where we find ecological disturbance whether by forest fire or by human disturbance these thirteen plants, among others, thrive in industrialized region throughout the world: dandelion, mallow, purslane, plantain, thistle, amaranth, dock, mustard, grass, chickweed, clover, lambsquarter, and knotweed all of which are the focus of this project. Following human disturbance these incredible plants contribute to the regeneration of fertile land, the very body of our Mother Earth, while supporting the survival of our human species. “Indeed, the more humans disturb the earth and put our food supply at risk, the more these thirteen plants proliferate. It’s a survival plan for the ages.” - Katrina Blair from The Wild Wisdom of Weeds Read more…
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