LUNCHBOX Talk: Seeding Relationships: The Philosophy of Giant Pumpkin Growing
with Randi Byrd, Professional Affiliate of the UVM Leadership for Sustainability Masters Program
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Join us for an exhilarating and comical journey through competition giant pumpkin growing. Explore the connections between indigenous cultures, ecological relationships, and producing these massive fruit, some up to 2,000 pounds! Learn how a small seed can bring together families, and communities, and inspire future generations with green thumbs.
About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
About the presenter:
Randi R. Byrd is a Professional Affiliate of the University of Vermont's Leadership for Sustainability Master's Program. She has over a decade of community engagement experience within indigenous communities in North Carolina and nationally around health and wellness practices through holistic communal approaches, community grassroots organizing that values indigenous ways of knowing and practices, affirming tribal self-determination in sustainable planning and fostering mutually beneficial partnerships that strategically and meaningfully strengthen communities. She is also a giant pumpkin grower and horticultural therapist, utilizing plants and ecosystems to show/remind us of tending relationships and offer old/new ways of seeing pathways through the teachings of nature. She is the former Senior Program Officer for Community Engagement for the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill and has an active leadership role in the North Carolina Native American Ethnobotany Project, which reaffirms relationships with native wild plant relatives, encourages remembering and relearning medicinal and cultural value of native wild plants, and documents and disseminates collective cultural knowledge about native wild plants in meaningful ways.