radicle beets

Earth Repairing with Leila Darwish! by radiclebeets

When: Saturday, Feb. 2nd 12pm – 5pm
& Sunday, Feb. 3rd 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Purple Thistle 975 Vernon (corner of Parker)

Cost: Free Free Free!!! (even more free if we can bring tasty treats to share with all the new friends we are going to make!!!)

****Please RSVP if you are attending! We want to make sure there will be enough space for all participants****


From remediating abandoned and contaminated city lots for urban farmers and gardeners, to responding and recovering from environmental disasters such as oil spills and nuclear fallout, how can we work with the power of living systems to heal and transform toxic and damaged landscapes into thriving, nourishing, and fertile places once more? This workshop is an introduction to the evolving field of earth repair and grassroots bioremediation, and we will explore some of the DIY ways to work with the many micro-organisms, mushrooms, and plants that are the planets finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers.

The workshop will cover different grassroots bioremediation techniques and tools, and how they work together, including:
Microbial remediation – using microorganisms to break down and bind
Phytoremediation – using plants to extract, bind, and transform toxins
Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up contaminated soil and water.

We’ll take a walk down to the Purple Thistle Food Forest site and brainstorm healing remedies for the land and our wild hearts. We’ll share stories about different innovators, community healers, and rad projects that are doing the real work of grassroots bioremediation and the different challenges they face. Other topics that may be covered in the workshop (time and collective interest permitting) include contaminants 101, soil testing, oil spills, protective gear, and self care, detox, and herbal medicine for grassroots remediators, frontline communities and disaster responders.


About the Workshop Facilitator: Leila Darwish is a community organizer, urban gardener and permaculture rabble rouser with a feisty commitment to environmental justice and sweet DIT (Doing it Together!) grassroots action. She is the author of the upcoming book “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes”, which will be released by New Society Publishers in May. For more information about the book, please check out: http://www.newsociety.com/Books/E/Earth-Repair .

Please let us know in advance if you are able to make it.

Much Love and Respect,

The Purple Thistle Guerilla Gardeners!


Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: