By Black With Plants

Black w/ Plants: Toronto Q&A with Kortney Morrow

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Toronto? psychological wellness?  Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Toronto is a  booming, liberal, diverse city. It’s truly been a joy living in Toronto and if I was going to have kids…

Black w/ Plants: Nutrition Q&A with Alexis Atkins

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Nutrition? Washington, D.C., + its Public Health? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I want readers to know that obtaining proper nutrition education can be emotionally, mentally and physically healing. By consuming…

Black w/ Plants: Hiking Q&A with Kyla Peterson

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about hiking? caring for plants + bees? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Hiking can be an intimidating term for some people, but it can be as simple as taking the scenic route…

Black w/ Plants: Erin Leigh Kiyoko Kobayashi and D’Real Graham on (Black w/) Plants, Health and Wellness

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. Leigh Kiyoko: I noticed over the winter, you turned 32. Happy belated birthday! The last year you also made a major career change: You went from serving in managerial, Chairman and Board Member roles within the non-profit youth and education domain for over ten years into creating W/Plants, a botanical shop based in Union Market, DC.…

Black w/ Plants: Sexual Health Education Q&A with LaMar Thompson-Hightower

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Sexual Health Education? Being a social worker? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Working at a health clinic, as a social worker, has its ups and downs. Being a macro social worker,…

Black w/ Plants: Lillith Plant Shop Q&A with Starsha Valentine

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Lillith Plant Shop? Caring for plants? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Lillith Plant Shop was founded as a creative outlet for me and a way to share my love of plants…

Black w/ Plants: Black Men With Gardens Q&A with Nelson ZePequeno

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Black Men With Gardens? Nelson? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Black Men With Gardens is about sharing a side of black men that nobody sees or believes exist, while challenging perceptions…

Black w/ Plants: Plant-based Medicine Q&A with April Rameé

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Antler Alchemy? Plant-based medicine? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Antler Alchemy was created by April Rameé, a ceremonial herbalist enticing the senses to inspire your ancestors to come out to play.…

Black w/ Plants: Mindful Movement Q&A with Brialle Ringer

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Mindful Movement? #StayinYourMagic? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Mindful movement is a practice of listening to your body and moving in ways that feel pleasurable. When I returned to my identity…