ISSUE #65: OVER THE FENCE
Is the grass really greener on the other side? This month we’re thinking about containment and expansion in relation to gardens, landscape and nature. We’re exploring some ideas that don’t fit neatly within boundaries, and some that do. Join us on our unconstrained exploration.
We’ll be talking fire, farming, futures, fences and separation. We’ll be, literally, exploring what fences mean in the garden, we’ll be talking about blurring boundaries between conservation and agriculture, and we’ll be talking about re-defining what it means to garden. And more, lots more. Thank you, as always, for meandering with us.
This last month has been an interesting one. At the beginning of February, I wrote a note to our email newsletter subscribers about the future of TPH and my decision to re-frame it from a commercially driven model to a reader supported one. It was a terrifying, yet important, call for me to make. Important, because it allows me to more strongly align the purpose of The Planthunter with its ongoing funding sources. Terrifying, because it involved stripping off, standing naked for all to see, and asking for help.
The response by readers has been overwhelmingly positive. I have been bowled over by the incredible amount of financial and moral support offered to TPH over the last month. Thank you, so much, to all who’ve donated so far. Please know that your contribution, however large or small, is incredibly valuable and will contribute directly to keeping TPH growing, exploring, inspiring and caring. There’s a long way to go to more closely balance dollars and mission but making this call has allowed me to commit to a pathway that feels right, and doors and windows and openings in the undergrowth are opening, will open, as a result.
For those who are concerned that The Planthunter might not continue to exist, don’t worry, it will. The Planthunter will continue on its exploration of what it means to be human and in conversation with the natural world. The Planthunter will continue to encourage people to fall in love with nature, through falling in love with plants. The Planthunter will charge ahead on its mission to make gardeners of everyone, everywhere. The Planthunter will continue to grow hope and cultivate beauty because there’s few more important things to be doing, and there’s plenty of work to be done.
Thanks again for all who’ve supported The Planthunter over the last month. If you, too, believe in our mission of make our physical and digital worlds greener, richer and more thoughtful, please consider supporting The Planthunter (if 10% of our readers offered just one dollar a week we’d be fully supported and able to grow our contributor base and output dramatically, meaning more impact, more ideas, more opportunity to create change).