Rhizae Renewal Collective (part of Bloom Baltimore) in collaboration with the 6th Branch (a veteran’s group) and with the support of Re-Build Johnston Square (community association) and grant funding from The Pollination Project are working to bioremediate a lead-contaminated lot which has 1200 ppm of lead in the soil. This is 4 times over the national safety standard of 400 ppm of lead. Sunflowers, however, are lead extractors and in combination with mycorrhizae (underground fungal root networks)- the plants and fungi make a powerful team! We are working to remediate this lot with sunflowers and mycorrhizae to build healthy relationships in the soil, which are the foundation for healthy community relationships above ground! Currently, we are in conversation with Re-Build Johnston Square to have a mural painted on the house next to the lot. This space holds the promise of being a yearly sunflower garden for residents!
— Robin Gunkel, Lead Organizer with Bloom Baltimore Doctoral Candidate in Sustainability Education Prescott College
Mushroom City Art Festival, the main project affiliated with Bloom Baltimore, presents a Mother’s Day Foray/Soirée! We will be hosting a foray followed by music & crankies in the chapel. This event is an all ages benefit to help us raise money for this year’s festival and to celebrate all mothers and Mother Earth! Recommended donation $10-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
At 3 pm Samantha Feld (The Mushroomworks) will be leading a foray beginning at the Nature Art Trail.
Tuesday, December 13 Center for Spiritual Living Central MD 362 Main St, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
Robin Gunkel, lead producer with Bloom Baltimore, will be giving a talk called ‘On the Yin Frontier: Mother Trees, Grandmother Mycelium and the Resurgence of Grandmother Culture.’
Robin is currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainability Education with Prescott College. Since 2009, she has been working as a regional coordinator for Bloom Baltimore, a social and mobilization network for regenerative planetary culture. With Bloom, she has hosted parties, film screenings, and lectures, and for the fourth year in a row, as Creator and Director, has hosted Mushroom City Art Festival: a free, all-ages, educational, and interactive art festival. Additionally, Robin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where she studied Creative Writing in Boulder while also living and teaching abroad in Japan.