INSPIRATIONS

Growing Right is deeply indebted to & wildly inspired, first and foremost, to our incredible narrators — and the people, animals, plants and systems that have shaped an ecological food and farm movement in Ohio.

We also owe our vision to a host of incredible cultural workers, oral historians, activists, ethnographers, public historians and documentarians pioneering new models of embedded, community-collaborative, place-based and activist practice to create conversations around critical issues in health, social justice, food systems and environment.

We’re especially inspired by projects that innovate and seek to model “sharing authority” both at the level of documentation and interpretation. We’re moved by projects that take up oral historian Michael Frisch’s call for “sharing authority” as a verb that’s never quite finished — a process and an ethics always to strive towards.

Below, we’ll aim to highlight friends, mentors and heroes of Growing Right that have shaped our practice, vision, and sense of what is possible in engaged, community-collaborative cultural work. We hope these links, practitioners, grassroots networks and badass projects might be inspiration for you, too.

COMMUNITY-COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC FOLKLORE + ETHNOGRAPHY

The work of pioneering environmental folklorist and cultural conservationist Mary Huffordand Mary Hufford Betsy Taylor’s LIKEN Network (Livelihood Knowledge Exchange Networks) in Appalachia

Jeff Todd Titon’s work on ecomusicology, ethics — & everything else! <3

The revamped Mississippi Folklife // the work of public folklorists, cultural worker & media artist Jennifer Joy Jameson

SPACES Archive for preservation of art environments

Meredith Martin-Moats’ The Boiled-Down Juice

The REACH AMBLER Project // the work of the Center for Applied History at Philadelphia’s Chemical Heritage Foundation

Penn’s CAMRA for Media Ethnography/Multi-Modal Scholarship

The work of Howard Sacks & Kenyon College’s Rural Life Center

PUBLIC HISTORY

Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History + Digital Humanities’ CurateScape Tool

Erin Bernard’s Philly Public History Truck

ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES

The Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities // the Lower Schuylkill River Corps

The Performing Diverse Environmentalisms (DERT) Collective at Indiana University’s Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

ORAL HISTORY + DOCUMENTARY ARTS

Suzanne Snider’s Oral History Summer School (OHSS) 

The CreekSPEAK Project

Brooke Bryan // Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA) Collective

The Southern Foodways Alliance

Rachel Garringer’s Country Queers Project

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

GROUNDSWELL: Oral History for Social Change Network

DEEP ECOLOGY, SOCIAL JUSTICE, + HONORING CLIMATE GRIEF

Joanna Macy’s The Work that Reconnects

Nevada City, California’s The Woolman School