I’m an anthropologist & organic farmer with over two decades of experience in public health and community organizing.

My graduate research focused on the cultural dynamics and conflicts involved with resource extraction and indigenous self-determination in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Our fieldwork analyzed the relationships between local subsistence patterns, industrial mining practices, ecological health, settler-colonial state policies, and embodied senses of place among a mixed population of land & water defenders.

Subsequent professional work has involved designing and implementing a variety of public health initiatives and programs that engage urban ecosystems as sites of contested priorities, policies, and lifeways. Cities are crucibles, and how everyday life is designed with or for people matters, especially in the context of a rapidly heating planet.

Throughout, I continue to collaborate and organize with/in several different activist networks and environmental advocacy organizations.

Current projects:

  • Operating a small forest farm and permaculture lab in the UNESCO designated Beaver Hills Biosphere.
  • Co-founding a local alternative growers collaborative, with a combined focus on regenerative food production, ecological stewardship, and community enrichment.
  • Developing a unique Community Land Trust (CLT) model combining ecological conservation/restoration & local food security strategies.
  • Collaborating towards the creation of a cooperative agroecology farm & bioregional field school that helps people enact deeply adaptive alternatives to a faltering globalized civilization.

Contact or follow me on Twitter @BrightAbyss