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The Dirt: Confessions of a Tree Planter

The Dirt: Confessions of a Tree Planter

By Erin Bros

This is a podcast about tree planting in the forest industry. The Dirt is a place to shed light on the culture that is mostly contained within those who have stuck a shovel in the ground. Do you want to learn more about tree planting? Have you had a friend go tree planting and come back a totally different person, but you don't understand why? Are you a tree planter and have your own story to share? This is the spot for discussion, reflection, and sharing around everything it means to be a tree planter. The stories shared here are meant to be for further connection, change, and evolution.
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Episode 70: Van Life Realities with Nate Federau
Episode 70: Van Life Realities with Nate Federau
A little bit about this week's guest Nate Federau: Born in BC and raised in Ontario I was always longing till the day I could return to the mountains. I'm a winter fanatic that spent years searching for a seasonal offset to support living and having fun in BC. At 24, I finally found everything in tree planting. As a competitive student athlete, becoming an industrial athlete was a logical transition I didn't see. It's blessed me with extended opportunities to explore the different biomes in BC and find the place I would love to one day call home. But for now I'll continue to live a Van lifestyle year round with my pup Avigale searching for ski lines, Prestine rivers and wild mushrooms.  LINKS  van app: https://ioverlander.com/
01:00:09
November 10, 2022
Episode 69: Evolution, Integrity, Authenticity & The End of Counterculture in Planting with Travis Chambers
Episode 69: Evolution, Integrity, Authenticity & The End of Counterculture in Planting with Travis Chambers
I challenge each and every one of you to listen to this conversation, especially and controversially the entire last 90min. I also want to stress that this conversation is stemmed from (obviously) our own opinions and personal experiences. It is NOT meant to invalidate anyone else's experiences, or any fears or thoughts anyone else has. This conversation stemmed from the increasing restrictions we found ourselves in last winter here in Canada, and how the planting industry was adopting those types of restrictions. I was particularly curious about how a counterculture industry was slowly turning into one that went with the grain instead of against it.  I had figured I would release this episode once we had nationwide, or at least province-wide mandates in effect. However shortly after recording this episode the Freedom Convoy was birthed and really altered the trajectory of everything in this country. We find ourselves now in a much different position, though I am not holding my breathe for the future just yet. I felt this was an important conversation, albeit a difficult one in these times. So I wanted to release it now in hopes that people are more receptive to it than they may have been 8 or 9 months ago.  Too many of us cannot engage in civil discourse. Too many of us cannot disagree on topics and still be willing to have conversations with respect and open curiosity. Travis Chambers was brave enough to come on and have this conversation with me. We have had different paths through this journey, but come together to have a conversation about it all. First we cover his planting career and personal evolution alongside it, and then we get into the nitty gritty of 2020 and the Great Unbecoming. We traverse a wide array of topics that have been of importance over the last few years, most importantly the mandates and how that has affected the both of us-and how we see it affecting the planting industry. 
02:13:42
October 13, 2022
Episode 68: Lomi Lomi, Sacred Hawaiian Bodywork with Matthew Kent
Episode 68: Lomi Lomi, Sacred Hawaiian Bodywork with Matthew Kent
Who is Matthew other than a longtime veteran treeplanter? He is also a Lomi Lomi practitioner. This conversation discusses his planting career to date, as well as his off season venture. He explains his journey to, and what Lomi Lomi is. We chat about that balance between planting and other pursuits, and where things may go in future. A great chat and another wonderful new approach in any and all human journeys. Enjoy! LINKS Website: https://letyourlightspeak.com/ IG: https://instagram.com/letyourlightspeak Offerings: https://linktr.ee/matthewkent
56:14
September 29, 2022
Episode 66: Money Matters and Financial Empowerment with Matt Brickenden
Episode 66: Money Matters and Financial Empowerment with Matt Brickenden
This is an episode I have wanted to do for so long!!! I sit down with my good friend Matt Brickenden to talk about his lengthy planting career, his new full time exploration gig, and his journey with money. We discuss the tools and tricks he has personally used over the years to make smart financial decisions with his planting earnings, and where he's at now. We also talk about my own money journey and compare and contrast tools we both use for financial literacy and empowerment. Near the end we also cover traditional investing, cryptocurrency and bullion.  Disclaimer: We are not financial experts, nor pretend to be. This episode is not financial advice but simply two planters sharing their own experiences with money and treeplanting. We offer up our own personal experiences and opinions, and not any legit financial advice! LINKS Mint: https://mint.intuit.com Wealthsimple: https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-ca Index Investing Basics: https://canadiancouchpotato.com/ Compound interest calculator: https://networthify.com/calculator/earlyretirement Financial Independence et al. blog: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com Financial coach: https://verdiadvising.com/ Great podcast about Gold: https://palisadesradio.ca/
01:45:37
September 14, 2022
Special Announcement: Forest For the Trees Canada-Wide Screening!!
Special Announcement: Forest For the Trees Canada-Wide Screening!!
On September 26th, FOREST FOR THE TREES will be showing in cities across Canada at Cineplex Cinemas (big screens + surround sound!) but only if enough tickets are sold before September 15th in each city. So please have a look at the list of cities and book your tickets and spread the word! This is going to take teamwork to make happen and we can only do it together. I’ll be at the Sept 26th Montreal screening for a Q&A following the film (I wish I could be at all of them!). Hopefully there will be tree planter reunions across the country! How to make it happen: Go to the website. Click on “Get Showtimes”. Scroll to your closest city. Book a ticket. Spread the word! Note that each city link has a “countdown” number of how many tickets still need to be sold for the screening to go ahead. https://thefoyer.demand.film/forest-for-the-trees Note: Toronto folks, please be patient and stay tuned for a screening later in October (the Toronto premiere has been promised to a film festival held in Toronto in October, that’s why it’s not part of the Sept 26th lineup). For any questions contact Rita: rita@ritaleistner.com or send me a DM!
04:59
September 01, 2022
Episode 67: From the Block to the Break with Melissa Morrison
Episode 67: From the Block to the Break with Melissa Morrison
Bitches and Barrels (but actually nice girls and small waves) is an organization aimed at building a community to get more rad women into the water. Melissa Morrison is the brainchild of this sweet operation, and she brought with her the skills she learned in the planting industry to do so. We chat about Melissa’s career and her quick rise up the management ranks, which from hearing her talk is clearly not surprising. We cover her time as a supervisor and how that shaped the beginning days of B&B, into what it is now, a thriving organization with booked out trips and many women who are living life together on a surfboard. If you are interested in joining a trip check out the details below! LINKS https://www.instagram.com/bitchesandbarrels/ https://www.bitchesnbarrels.com/ **FYI: Last minute opening on our SUMMER SURF CAMP (July 24-29)☀️! We have ONE SPOT LEFT ⏰. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn and improve your surf skills. 6 days and 5 nights of fun waves, daily coaching, and good times with rad women! Interested? Head to our website to register! WHAT TO EXPECT: This option is open to surfers of all skill levels who are looking to advance their surfing through intensive daily coaching.  Cost: $1025 Includes: ⛺️5 nights camping at @surfgrove 🏄‍♀️4 days of coaching from @surfsister 🥑5 delicious and nutritious dinners 🧜‍♀️An in-water photography session with one of our incredible photographers 👚Bitches ‘n Barrels Tee-Shirt 💛Camaraderie and connections More info about registration can be found on our website (link in bio). We can’t wait to surf with you!
58:23
July 07, 2022
Episode 65: Surviving is Thriving, Insights from the Block
Episode 65: Surviving is Thriving, Insights from the Block
A little astrological and tree planter wisdom coming from my piece. You don't need drugs for a bad trip, just go treeplanting! Sharing my insights and wisdom from a rough day out there. 
09:57
April 28, 2022
Episode 64: All Things Irish with Brian Malcomson
Episode 64: All Things Irish with Brian Malcomson
Brian Malcomson MICFor, is a Senior Forest Manager for Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Manages the Irish Office and is based in Ballymena, Co. Antrim. This season he will be facilitating the planting of 1 million trees encompassing reforestation and afforestation with the help of 20 contract planters. In this interview we get more in depth into Brian's own career in planting and getting into forestry, as well as what all the behind the scenes looks like for forestry and silviculture in Ireland and the UK. If you are interested in working for Brian, you can contact him via the links below.  LINKS https://www.facebook.com/scottishwoodlandsireland www.scottishwoodlands.co.uk
01:16:36
April 14, 2022
Episode 63: Who Woulda Thought?! Planting in Northern Ireland with Rylen Franke
Episode 63: Who Woulda Thought?! Planting in Northern Ireland with Rylen Franke
I was absolutely shocked to receive an email from a forester in Northern Ireland talking about treeplanting!! He directed me to one of his planters for this interview, Rylen Franke. Rylen started out planting a little later in life, and it was mostly something to help support his travels and love for working in wineries. We talk about his time planting in Canada and abroad, as well as go into great detail about what exactly planting in Northern Ireland looks like-especially because the country is so damn small!  Stay tuned for an expansion into all things planting and Ireland in upcoming episode 64. 
39:10
March 31, 2022
Episode 62: The Astrology of Tree Planters Pt.2
Episode 62: The Astrology of Tree Planters Pt.2
Welcome to Pt.2! We now cover Virgo, Cancer, Aries, Sagittarius, Leo, Gemini and Taurus.  For more information on mine and Shanese's astrological works and offerings, see the links below! LINKS Wilde Astrology wildewords.ca www.instagram.com/wild.e.words Shanese's Offerings www.bogbognotgood.squarespace.com/ www.instagram.com/bogbognotgood
01:10:36
March 17, 2022
Episode 61: The Astrology of Tree Planters Pt.1
Episode 61: The Astrology of Tree Planters Pt.1
This is a much anticipated episode I have wanted to cover for a long time. Big thanks to Shanese Flewelling for dialoguing with me on this!! We cover Shanese's brief planting career and her transition into this world from that of fruit picking. As a fellow astrologer who also reads tarot and plays with fire, we get into the results of the poll for which signs are most likely to be a tree planter and why. We get into the depths of each zodiac sign, and how each of them apply to the planting world. A truly incredible conversation with lots of interesting insights.  In this episode we cover the 5 least likely zodiac signs as planters: Scorpio, Capricorn, Libra, Aquarius, and Pisces. Due to the nature of the interview and covering Shanese's planting career, I have included the top 7 signs in Pt.2 to keep the episodes around the same length.  For access to mine and Shanese's astrological work, see the links below! Stay tuned for Pt. 2! LINKS Wilde Astrology wildewords.ca www.instagram.com/wild.e.words Shanese's Offerings www.bogbognotgood.squarespace.com/ www.instagram.com/bogbognotgood
01:04:25
March 03, 2022
Episode 60: Inside The Forest with Steph Sinclair
Episode 60: Inside The Forest with Steph Sinclair
After the official Canadian screening of the documentary Forest For The Trees by my last guest Rita Leistner, I bring you a planter from the film: Steph Sinclair. We chat all about Steph's early start into planting and how most of her career was more unusual than most, with it being while filming a documentary and then the changing season of 2020. We chat about what it was like to be involved in this film, and how it has opened her eyes into her own budding career in the film industry.  LINKS https://canada-ny.com/forest-for-the-trees-documentary-captures-beauty-brutality-in-equal-measure/ https://www.instagram.com/stephxsinclair/
41:10
February 17, 2022
Episode 59: Forest For The Trees with Rita Leistner
Episode 59: Forest For The Trees with Rita Leistner
Rita Leistner is an award-winning visual artist, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. She is known for her intrepid work in conflict zones and her in-depth portraits of communities in extreme conditions — such as soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, women wrestlers in the United States, and loggers in Canada — exploring themes of purpose, struggle, and belonging. Each unique world shapes her conceptual approaches and aesthetic styles, resulting in distinctive, large bodies of multi-media work that merge art and documentary. In addition to a film, Forest for the Trees is also a photo book and a collection of large-scale fine-art photographs, several of which were acquired in 2021 by the National Gallery of Canada for their permanent collection. In this interview we chat about Rita's 10 year planting career, and what things were like back in the 80s and early 90s. We chat about her transition out of planting and how it has ultimately shaped the rest of her life and the photography work she does now. We get into how this project came about, as well as the lengthy filming process. This is a great interview for a ton of background into this film before you get to watch it next week! LINKS Website: forestforthetreesdocumentary.com Buy a ticket to the Victoria Film Fest: https://www.victoriafilmfestival.com/product/forest-for-the-trees/ **alternatively you can go here and buy a virtual ticket to watch online in BC: https://www.victoriafilmfestival.com/product/forest-for-the-trees-online/ List of upcoming screenings: https://www.forestforthetreesdocumentary.com/film-screenings Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forestforthetreesdocumentary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetreeplantersproject/ Articles: https://www.vice.com/en/article/d3d887/seriously-metal-photos-of-canadas-tree-planters https://torontolife.com/culture/rita-leistner-tree-planters-photo-essay/ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-heroes-of-the-north-rebuilding-canadas-forests-one-tree-at-a-time/
01:49:20
February 03, 2022
Episode 58: A Planter Beyond Planting; Heart-to-Hearts with Matty Brown
Episode 58: A Planter Beyond Planting; Heart-to-Hearts with Matty Brown
Welcome to Season 3!!! The Dirt is celebrating TWO years of podcasting. Crazy to think of where I was when I started this project, and how many amazing individuals I have had the pleasure of interviewing.  Very appropriately, this is a special interview with a special human. Matty Brown spent the first half of adulthood living and breathing treeplanting. He is a treeplanter through and through, who loves the job, the culture, the camps, all of it. However life happens, and he made the tough decision to leave treeplanting as he knew it around the time we met. I have witnessed his process of being a treeplanter who cannot treeplant anymore. As someone who also loves the job, and perhaps for anyone else who has had similar situations, this is a potent listen. This conversation is centered around planting, why it is so beautiful, how it transforms lives, and how we can still be treeplanters even if life doesn't let us plant trees. For anyone who is currently at a crossroads, this is for you.  LINKS Give our instagram page a follow for live updates and lots of photos from the vault: https://www.instagram.com/confessionsofatreeplanter/
01:07:19
January 27, 2022
Episode 57: Evolutions with Santi Bessai
Episode 57: Evolutions with Santi Bessai
We're back! This was a conversation I had in the spring with Santi, whom I met on a contract last fall as he was putting the finishing touches on his documentary. We chat about the making of it and his journey through school. For Santi, planting runs in the family and we talk about his journey into this world, and his progression through the management ranks. Entering his first season as a supervisor, we chat about his feelings towards it as he begins his first contract in the coming weeks. A great conversation with a great human, and a good listen for anyone who is interested in moving up the management ranks. Also, I now have an instagram page for the podcast! Check it out and give it a follow here: https://www.instagram.com/confessionsofatreeplanter/ LINKS www.santiagobessai.com www.instagram.com/santibessai https://www.santiagobessai.com/films/plantedin2020 
48:33
January 13, 2022
Episode 56: Millennial Planting with Fiona Watt
Episode 56: Millennial Planting with Fiona Watt
And we're back!!! For many of you that aren't aware I took a hiatus from the shovel this summer and traded it for a hammer to pound on some rocks for money. So I have been mostly out of service, with terrible internet, unable to do much in providing interviews for you all! Fall coastal has begun and I hope everyone is finishing their seasons strong. Many of you are likely returning to school, in person, for the first time in awhile! I dubbed this interview the millennial planting just because Fiona is just that. Of the millennial generation, or perhaps Generation Z or Y or whatever...she has spanned many provinces and exhibits what most of us do today: trying new things and living what was once considered an alternative lifestyle, becoming more and more common for our generation. We chat about Fiona's random start to the industry as well as all the different provinces she has planted in, and the curiosity around starting school already being a planter and having it influence her interest in studies. Basically just two planters chatting about growing as a planter and person in your 20s and what that looks like in 2021. Enjoy! Email me: erin@wildewords.ca
34:41
January 12, 2022
Episode 43: Men in Tubs with Jeremie Drainville
Episode 43: Men in Tubs with Jeremie Drainville
Jeremie Drainville is a longtime vet in this industry, who has circled his life around planting in so many ways. Recently he has evolved forms and come into and developing his love of photography in a very unique and beautiful way. I had seen images of his Men in Tubs from a few planting buddies of mine who had participated, though the project itself goes wider than the planting world. Jeremie seeks to share his own truth vulnerably, something I can truly resonate with and respect, in an effort to help create a space for others to do so. His focus for men comes from his own experiences, on and off the block. We chat all about his experiences through planting and his vision with Men in Tubs and what self care looks like. I sense a development here in the works for creating an environment where all planters are participating in self care for their own mental well being. We talk a little about this concept and how to keep things vulnerable without being sexual. A beautiful conversation from a truly beautiful human.  The Men in Tubs vision:  The mission of this project is to create a world of vulnerability & connection through artistic human experiences. Part of why I decided to donate to mental health is because how much I learned over the past 6 years about my own mental health.There’s resources out there that truly made a difference in my life that I had no idea it even existed. By producing this calendar, I want to bring awareness to out self-talk, our actions, and the results that come because of them. The truth is that I cannot do this alone. I need your help to take care of our friends and families. I know you care about this and this is why you are still reading. You are a person of integrity and great kindness. This is the kind of language that truly make a positive change in our lives and in the lives of the ones we love. I’m asking for your support. There’s two ways to contribute to this project. First, is to buy the 2021 Men in Tubs Calendar for yourself or gift it to someone you love or do both. Second, is to spread the word on your social media by sharing one of my posts. There are people that you know that don’t know how to ask for help or how to reach out when they feel sadness, anger, and fear. Or they don’t know how to access their internal Joy and Love. Together with a message of Love, kindness, and compassion we are in a position to bring a Light into a friend's darkness. It is only when I decided to confront my fears that I became a photographer and this is bringing me to connect with you today. By getting this calendar you get to an interesting look at the Kootenays and the Men who live here. The benefits are that you get to contribute to the wellness of individuals who need it, you get to see the images of this calendar everyday, and you get to connect with your friends and family by engaging in a conversation about this calendar. LINKS https://www.facebook.com/MeninTubsCalendar https://menintubscalendar.com/ https://www.instagram.com/menintubscalendar/
01:22:19
December 27, 2021
Episode 13: The Ontario Perspective with Jeremy Young
Episode 13: The Ontario Perspective with Jeremy Young
Jeremy Young works as a tree planter in northern Ontario. He was born in Canada but also has French citizenship. He is currently a 4th year environmental and urban sustainability student at Ryerson University in Toronto. Jeremy is going into his third season in Ontario. We talk about his planting career, how he prepares for the season, injury prevention and specifically why he chose and continues to choose planting in Ontario over going out west. We also touch on what its like to be a slower starter at planting, and what its like when you don't make a ton of money your first season. A great episode for rookies and newer planters, as well as anyone interested in getting into planting! Also great for any planter who's never planted in Ontario and is curious to hear more about what its like. Regardless of differing opinions, Ontario is an integral part of the tree planting industry here in Canada, and where many planters have gotten their start. This podcast sheds light on some of the reasons people stay, and how planting Ontario ground can benefit you as a planter. Po-taaaay-to, po-taaaa-to! 
01:11:36
December 16, 2021
Episode 33: Navigating Our Path with Elisha Peterson
Episode 33: Navigating Our Path with Elisha Peterson
Elisha Peterson is based in Golden, BC and has been on the road of becoming a pilot throughout her treeplanting career. Elisha started in Ontario and we go over how the transition went for her deciding to come out west, and the struggles she faced in that phase of her planting. We talk about her own journey to discovering her love for flight, as well as navigating it throughout her planting days. An important episode for any multifaceted human (so everyone) who has other side games besides planting, and balancing all of it.  UPDATE from Elisha since last winter when we recorded the interview: I feel like this was my realization this summer so if it’s not clear in the interview:  I took two paths at the same time. Planting and flying, which made me struggle emotionally, believing at times that I wasn’t doing my best and not putting enough effort into one. But the truth is I couldn’t have done one without the other. Tree planting gave me strength, and confidence (and money) to push me ahead of the game so when I’m ready to put my shovel down and I’ll be able to jump right into the cockpit and start my second career.
48:45
December 02, 2021
Episode 34: Mushrooms with Pete Moss
Episode 34: Mushrooms with Pete Moss
Pete is based in Nelson, BC and has been planting for his entire adult life. We talk about how planting began and has evolved for him over the years, now being able to work for most of the year from his doorstep. Then we get into the evolution of his obsession around mushrooms and the process of turning that into a new business venture. He is hoping to turn this into his end game and talks about all the benefits that have come about in his own life from his use of tinctures. A really cool episode and a definite must have staple in your healthcare regime! LINKS https://www.facebook.com/pete.moss.982845 https://www.instagram.com/petemossbosssauce/
39:13
November 24, 2021
Episode 20: HiBaller Memes & More with Will Stewart
Episode 20: HiBaller Memes & More with Will Stewart
Will Stewart is the crew boss of Jeremy Young from Episode 13 (https://anchor.fm/the-dirt/episodes/Episode-13-The-Ontario-Perspective-with-Jeremy-Young-ec2tbf). He currently works in Ontario but has worked all over Canada. We cover why he chose Ontario again, as well as the Instagram account he runs called @hiballermemes. We talk about the social media influences on the planting world today and what may come in the future. We also go into a random tangent about tips and tricks for dealing with some of your typical planting injuries such as trench foot...great advice for rookies or those getting into planting! This episode was recorded back in the winter, enjoy and go check out those memes as you relish on being done the season! LINKS https://www.instagram.com/hiballermemes/ PS. A bit of a noise issue at times in here that my expert audio skills couldn't edit out, so it is what it is! 
54:27
November 13, 2021
Episode 37: The Godfather with Dirk Brinkman
Episode 37: The Godfather with Dirk Brinkman
Well, if you are involved in this community, you know who Dirk Brinkman is!! For those who aren't and who don't know, Dirk Brinkman is the mastermind behind everything we do in modern treeplanting today; from the gear we use with our bags and shovels to the way that we plant our pieces. Dirk is an incredible man who started his career 50 years ago, first as a faller and then progressing into treeplanting. We talk about getting his start in this industry and how it changed his life. For Dirk, everything is about flow state, and he goes into this topic immensely as one of the absolutely incredible parts of what we can access with treeplanting. From this conversation we cover the evolution of what its like as a treeplanter, and how your body adapts not only to the act of planting, but also to the land you walk on everyday. We naturally touch on how treeplanting has changed since the 70s (surprise: it wasn't all hippies despite what you may think!), and what its been like for Dirk to see the forests he's planted. Through the conversation he outlines and weaves in all of the reasoning and processes behind the way all of our rules and regulations towards treeplanting are set today, with a good history lesson about how silviculture has progressed in Canada.   Speaking of, he answers the age old question about treeplanting in the US, and what it used to look like vs. what it does now!  An incredible episode from the Godfather himself about all things treeplanting, why things are the way things are and why it still continues today! A must listen for any treeplanter out there.  LINKS This is the book mentioned by Dirk about the planting cooperative in the US: https://www.amazon.ca/Birth-Cooperative-Hoedads-Worker-Forest/dp/0938493094
01:29:45
October 30, 2021
Episode 10: Coast Range Contracting with Garth Hadley
Episode 10: Coast Range Contracting with Garth Hadley
Today I sit down with Garth Hadley of Coast Range Contracting, a well-known tree planting company in British Columbia. Often company owners are simply the name of their company to many planters, so I wanted to shed light on the person behind it all and what its like to run a planting company! We talk about Garth's own planting story, and his evolution throughout the tree planting industry to get to where he is today. We talk about all the changes he's seen over the years, and where he hopes to go with Coast Range into the future. Enjoy! PS. For anyone still wanting to get into planting this season, there may be a few spots left! Send a message to the website link located below if you are interested in planting with Coast Range.  LINKS Website: https://coastrange.ca/applications/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/coast.range.planting?igshid=vf05azqy32da
01:07:26
October 21, 2021
Episode 12: Community Forests International with Zach Melanson
Episode 12: Community Forests International with Zach Melanson
Awhile back I sat down with Zach Melanson, originally from and now settled back in New Brunswick. He was a longtime Brinkman planter and one of the founders of Community Forests International. What is that you ask? Have a listen to find out all about it!  If you are interested in being a CFI ambassador, shoot Zach an email at zach@forestsinternational.org LINKS 15-minute Nat Geo Doc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5VcPoGj4DU Website: https://forestsinternational.org/homepage/plant-4-pemba/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/canadatrees/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pembatrees/
50:09
October 15, 2021
Episode 21: I'm Feeling Things with Harland Alexander
Episode 21: I'm Feeling Things with Harland Alexander
Harland Alexander's distinct brand of lo-fi indie pop music metabolizes friendship, family, love, tree-planting, childhood trauma, the comical absurdity of everyday life, and unites them into healing art. His live performances seek to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable in their own skin and safe to exist within their deepest truths. He wants the audience to leave feeling free to explore the depths of their beings free of guilt and shame. His shows are fun, self-loving, playful, life celebrating experiences.  After obtaining a certificate in Recording Arts from NSCC, Harley has been engineering and producing music in Halifax for the past decade. During this time he has worked alongside artists such as Charlotte Day Wilson (as well as The Wayo), Walrus, Billie Dre and the Poor Boys, Robert Loveless, Kurt Inder, Campbell Woods and Adrian Teacher - either headlining shows and touring, recording and producing, or making music together. He has been touring across Canada's East Coast - notably Halifax Pop Xplosion and the Canadian Space Program Celebration hosted by Bill Nye - as well as in the US. His new album just released August 15, go check it out at the link below! LINKS https://www.harleyalexandermusic.com/ https://harleyalexander.bandcamp.com/album/im-feeling-things https://www.instagram.com/harleyyalexander/ Streamable on Bandcamp & Spotify
01:03:08
October 08, 2021
October Re-release!
October Re-release!
See brief memo for details! Make sure to share your favourite episodes with friends! Happy Turkey Weekend!
01:48
October 08, 2021
Thoughts From The Block: Presence (Yes I am still here!)
Thoughts From The Block: Presence (Yes I am still here!)
Hey folks, just a quick update to let you know I am still kickin' and so is this podcast. Releasing a TFTB I recorded at some point last summer, which feels fitting for any time of year. Enjoy it and hopefully wherever you are, it is not on fire...
05:03
August 15, 2021
Episode 55: Keep Cool with Ariel Plant
Episode 55: Keep Cool with Ariel Plant
Ariel, situated in Revelstoke, has been spending her off seasons creating art in the form of clay! We chat about her evolution not only into treeplanting but also into pottery. We discuss her process and how planting has continually supported her creative lifestyle, and how this year she'll be planting from home and able to continue her art throughout the season for the first time. Go give her Etsy site a look and check out the beautiful pottery she's creating. Or if you're around Revy you can catch her at a local farmer's market this summer.  LINKS https://www.instagram.com/keep.cool.clayworks/ www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KeepCoolClayworks https://www.facebook.com/keepcoolclayworks/
45:58
June 17, 2021
Episode 54: The Psyche, Peak Performance & Partner Planting with Mark Oxer
Episode 54: The Psyche, Peak Performance & Partner Planting with Mark Oxer
Mark Oxer is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) and a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association who received his Master's degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Central Lancashire where he graduated with Distinction. Mark began planting in 1998 and retired in 2011, encompassing his career over multiple provinces in Canada. Uniquely to me anyways, he spent his entire career partner planting, and surpassing his millionth tree in 2005. This is an incredible conversation where we get into the psychological aspects of planting and how it builds so much of our character and human experience. There is so much depth to this conversation it’s hard to encompass in a description, so I highly encourage a listen! LINKS https://www.markoxer.com/ https://www.facebook.com/mark.oxer/ https//www.instagram.com/mark_oxer/
01:29:12
May 13, 2021
Episode 53: Never Too Late with Mike Tourond
Episode 53: Never Too Late with Mike Tourond
An interesting tie in to Episode 40 with Kat Tourond, I have their father, Mike on the podcast! Mike began his treeplanting career at the ripe old age of 56! We cover what careers Mike had pursued prior to this new adventure he decided to embark on. We talk about how he came to this decision and how his lifestyle already appealed to the idea of going treeplanting, coupled with all the changes to the world in 2020. Reflecting on his first season and coming out of an injury, his story is one that shows you are never too old to try something new! Mike is returning for his second season, after vowing he would never do it again at the end of his first; classic treeplanter in the making! Enjoy this episode and good luck to everyone putting their shovels in the ground this next week.
48:55
April 22, 2021
Episode 52: End Game with Mike Renaud
Episode 52: End Game with Mike Renaud
Mike planted 8 seasons from 2007-2015. Over his career he planted a million trees, worked for 12 companies, and also planted in Scotland. He attended the Western Silviculture Association conference three times, once as a speaker on a panel about worker retention with Scooter. Mike executed a successful exit game and is now gainfully employed and living the stable life that doesn't involve suffering on the block! We talk about why Mike decided to leave planting, what he misses, how he went about doing it. This is the lo down episode for those who are trying to take the plunge this year, want to take the plunge, considering taking the plunge....a good reminder that there is life outside of treeplanting and that you CAN thrive financially and otherwise doing so.  LINKS Treeplanting song he mentions: General Store by The Gruff https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Various_Peppermill_Records/Hi_and_Ho_We_Plant_Trees Contact form to come onto podcast: https://wildewords.ca/2021/04/15/podcast-updates/
53:52
April 15, 2021
Episode 51: Yoga for Planters with Josy L'Astronaute
Episode 51: Yoga for Planters with Josy L'Astronaute
Josy is a yoga teacher in St. John’s, Newfoundland and she is entering her third planting season. She fell in love with yoga in 2012 after taking her first yoga class in the hopes it would help her process the loss of her father. This one class was a powerful experience and she now maintains a deep respect for all the benefits that come with a regular practice. Since then, she has completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training. She took on her first yoga teacher training in 2016, completing her 200 hour YTT in Toronto, Ontario. Eager to learn more, she soon after completed a 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training in Vinyasa flow in Goa, India. In the summer of 2017, Josy moved to Newfoundland where she is currently studying Psychology off season, and planting trees in BC in the spring/summer. When she is not planting trees, practicing asana, and meditating, she is making music, art, writing poetry, or basking among trees in a forest. LINKS YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68Tsg5j-mYw&t=45s&ab_channel=JosyL%E2%80%99Astronaute YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTv7ckZnXtLVlDhTIMXJhQ Poses: Sucirandhrasana (Reverse pigeon): https://www.tummee.com/yoga-poses/reverse-pigeon-pose Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard): https://yogalily.com/utthan-pristhasana-lizard-pose/ Vajrasana (toe squat variation): https://nancynelsonyoga.com/2017/01/10/pose-breakdown-toe-squat/ Supta Matsyendrasana variation (twisted scorpion): https://www.tummee.com/yoga-poses/scorpion-twist-pose
01:01:36
April 08, 2021
Episode 50: Dog Prep for the Block with Gab Boudreau
Episode 50: Dog Prep for the Block with Gab Boudreau
Sorry Gab, this episode was recorded in the winter of 2020 and then I didn't want to release it once the season had started...alas here we are! Some things have changed but ultimately much of it still rings true, especially all of the preparatory content in here about bringing a new dog out to the block. Aside from her occasional smelly farts, Della is a really well trained bush dog. I hope this conversation brings you all some new information and some help to prep for the season!  
50:35
April 01, 2021
Episode 49: Eating Dirt with Charlotte Gill
Episode 49: Eating Dirt with Charlotte Gill
Charlotte Gill is the author of Eating Dirt, a national bestseller that won the B.C. National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. This title was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and the RBC Taylor Prize. Charlotte was a planter for 17 years before leaving the industry to pursue a full time writing career. We talk about her longstanding career, how and why she wrote a book on planting, and her thoughts on the industry now having been out of the game for a long time. A great episode for a little more insight into the author behind the most well known book on treeplanting!  LINKS http://charlottegill.com/ https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/eating-dirt-deep-forests-big/9781553657927-item.html?ikwid=eating+dirt&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=ab4c95340a63b128fd379bd400439f30
36:13
March 25, 2021
Episode 48: Ch-ch-changes with George Momchilov
Episode 48: Ch-ch-changes with George Momchilov
In this episode we shoot the shit, but also begin to talk about life after planting. We cover George's career, as well as the beginning of his drone obsession. If you haven't already watched the One Million Trees doc, go check it out as some of the drone footage in the film is courtesy of George. This is a jam packed conversation about the evolution that occurs not just during planting, but also life. 
01:18:36
March 18, 2021
Episode 47: Block Swag with Zach Birnie
Episode 47: Block Swag with Zach Birnie
Zach Birnie is your average EI ski team member, with a flair for making his own clothes...and hopefully yours! We talk about Zach's planting career thus far, and how he tries to live his life as eco-friendly and conscious as possible; which is ever evolving. We talk about where sewing began for Zach and how it evolved into making not only regular apparel, but also gear for the block. He uses bamboo material to be more friendly to not only the environment but our bodies. I am personally rocking some of his shirts and they are super soft, quick drying and light...really really nice for hot or cool days on the block. I highly recommend putting in a little extra investment to support local and ethically sourced clothing this season!  LINKS https://www.instagram.com/drkapparel/ https://www.facebook.com/drkapparel http://darkapparel.net/
46:20
March 17, 2021
Episode 46: Injury Management & More with Kerri Dunsmore
Episode 46: Injury Management & More with Kerri Dunsmore
Kerri Dunsmore is an athletic therapist who specializes in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. What is an athletic therapist exactly you ask? Tune into this episode for the full rundown, which is something I didn't even know. The kicker and her secret weapon is that Kerri is also a planter! She spent 9 seasons in the bush, and in my opinion is therefore one of the most qualified people to be treating our bodies. She is innately aware of and in tune with how and what our bodies get exposed to planting, and how to treat these injuries and issues. We get into her own career and her transition out of planting, and then dive deep into her new 12week pre season conditioning program (you can join at anytime FYI!). I address some issues I have heard from friends of mine, as well as my own issues. I also ask some deep dive questions about off season prevention and preparation, from those who work out continually to those of us who do long seasons and need more rest time. This is a very informative and important episode, so share widely! Kerri is very talented at what she does, and I would encourage anyone with any issues to use the links below to work with her.  You can still join into her 12week course anytime so just send her a DM or an email! LINKS  Conditioning program and course: kdathletictherapy.thinkific.com Website: kdathletictherapy.ca Email: hello@kdathletictherapy.ca FB: Kerri Dunsmore Athletic Therapy Insta: kd.athletictherapy By appointment only. Virtual and in-person appointments available!
55:04
March 17, 2021
Episode 45: The Coastal Contracting Scene with Scott Lemkay
Episode 45: The Coastal Contracting Scene with Scott Lemkay
As my main stay in the industry, it was important that I cover the current issues we are facing as coastal planters. Most of the treeplanting industry doesn't see much of what goes on over here on Vancouver Island, where there are many of the same but also different issues facing companies out here. Scott moved into management early on in his career, and we cover how he navigated the tree planting world to come to where he is today, running operations at a small coastal company. We talk about how important the mentorship process is and how it influences so much of how you get to where you want to go in this small industry where integrity is everything and someones word goes a long way. This is a great episode for someone who is looking to also move up in management and is curious about what its like to move into the role of supervising and also ownership of a planting company.  We then discuss the current realities here on the coast, and how the effects of larger companies coming from the interior affect life for coastal treeplanters. It is an important discussion that needs to be had, as so many planters who migrate out this way wanting to try out the coast are often working for companies who are also putting life for small island-based contractors at risk. It is a competitive industry, but as planters we need to continue putting our shovel in places of integrity if we want to see heart-based change. We discuss the fall of 2020 and its effects on the companies here. I believe these are issues that all planters need to be made aware of so we can continue to support the livelihood of coastal planting for many years to come. 
56:23
March 17, 2021
Episode 44: Tree Amigos Cooperative with Dani Kidston
Episode 44: Tree Amigos Cooperative with Dani Kidston
Dani Kidston decided to find her place in the planting world by creating it. We go into her lengthy career thus far in the industry and what she's been creating with her fellow cohorts. This episode was recorded last winter, and so they now have new projects and ventures on the go which you can follow up with on their facebook page and also TWIG (Tree Workers Industrial Group), which includes coop members creating projects within the planting world. If you have listened to the earlier episode about Ben Prunty, you can hear more about some of the help she has received in making this planting cooperative a reality, and how it continues to grow today. If you are interested in a different style of operation within planting, this is a great spot to start! LINKS https://www.facebook.com/treeamigos.coop/ http://treeworkersindustrialgroup.work/ https://www.facebook.com/Tree-Workers-Industrial-Group-TWIG-200226974216707 Contact: tree.amigos.silviculture@gmail.com
32:01
February 18, 2021
Episode 42: A Necessary Conversation with Everett Bumstead
Episode 42: A Necessary Conversation with Everett Bumstead
Welcome to SEASON TWO of The Dirt!!! A critical review of the One Million Trees documentary published by a planting company sparked this conversation. It ensued a private discussion that has become one I believes need to be public. As planters we often feel we are "trapped in the system". Except we aren't. We have seen more than ever in 2020 how when people stand up, more people will. And as more people do, as a group, change can be created. So many of the ideas brought up in this conversation have been perpetuated by so many of us, so many of us too afraid to stand up and make a change, because it makes our inner world uncomfortable. It makes job security more difficult, it may alienate us from our friends and community we feel we trust in. I am complicit in this, and I choose to be complicit no more. No more censoring, no more pretending its fine. We can only create all this change together, and I believe it is more in the hands and responsibilities of planters than management. I am not discounting their roles, and I do believe the fact this critical review of practices in planting showcased in this documentary directly by a company shows that their is denial, shame, and trauma on ALL fronts.  This is a conversation I want to continue here and beyond. Lets be better. Lets get uncomfortable so we can ultimately transcend from places of fear to a place of love. Love for each other, our community, our job, our Earth.  Stay tuned for more information about this potential fundraising campaign this season. If you are interested in being a part of this, shoot myself or Everett a message! Thank you all for listening and thinking and share around. Discuss. Be open. Love.  LINKS Canada VPN: Hola Film: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/absolutely-canadian/season-20/episode-23/38e815a-0134fc83a86 Planet Earth narrated by Josh Lichti: https://fb.watch/2ZOed0mFqF/ Saltwater Hank music video: https://fb.watch/2ZOfh__0sx/ Kiernan Anderson music video: https://fb.watch/2ZOg_s4A78/ Luke English music video: https://fb.watch/2ZOi0adef2/
01:24:58
February 04, 2021
Episode ❤: Let's Talk.
Episode ❤: Let's Talk.
Today is a day we’re supposed to, as part of a marketing campaign ultimately aimed at making money for their own personal interest, talk about a still taboo subject that cracks upon the depths of a soul. Mental illness. That word feels so far away from me now, though it was only 4 years ago, to the day, that I was newly engaged. One might compare my symptoms to hysteria or a manic high, otherwise known in my case as a mentally healthy human as pure, naive, fairytale-like love. Little did I know how my life would unravel in the coming months. My denial of reality, but mostly my lack of education around mental illness was the true culprit to the downward spiral I experienced. I witnessed first hand what untreated and poorly treated mental illness not only does to a person, but to everyone around them. To their home, to their environment, to their systems, to their world. My experience is but one of millions people experience everyday. Every single day I know there are women and men out there going through a similar experience I did. Every single day people lose the battle to mental illness. Every single day people are berated from friends, family and loves ones who are uneducated and underprepared on how to support them. Every. Single. Day. If there is but one thing I ask every one of you today, it is to educate yourself. For those who suffer, educate yourself on how you can let others know what you need. Formulate a plan with your support team so they can see the signs and symptoms of when you are not okay and what they need to do to truly help you. For those who don’t suffer, educate! Educate yourselves on how to hold space and support those in your life who struggle. Educate so you can have awareness for others and for yourself. Take charge of your part in a future where this is no longer taboo, where we don’t have to have a special day, week or month dedicated to this to attempt to raise more awareness. Contribute to a future where everyone is aware, educated, and supportive. The only way out is through, together.  I felt called to do this episode, in an effort of transparency and vulnerability on my part. I have an intimate relationship with mental health, that did not start within. I am now a firm advocate of mental wellness all around, whether you struggle with unresolved trauma or not. 2020 saw many people, some I know, transition out of this world. Now more than ever the transparency is needed to cultivate supportive environments for all of us and whatever we are moving through. I wanted to be able to connect with all of us who have suffered on and off the block, and to hopefully inspire all of us to ask for a little more help now and again. My poetry book is the child of all my grief, channeled into my worded experiences. I put it out to all of you so these words can reach you, and find your own experiences within them.   LINKS  To purchase a copy of my poetry book, This is for me: https://www.blurb.ca/b/10505733-this-is-for-me  iBook link: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/this-is-for-me/id1545866424  The WRAP program I did, its FREE: https://vancouver-fraser.cmha.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/WRAP-Brochure.pdf  Another program for women of domestic abuse: https://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/care-programs/mental-health/wrap
37:26
January 28, 2021
Episode 40: Realities for Rookies & More with Kat Tourond
Episode 40: Realities for Rookies & More with Kat Tourond
Kat has two seasons under their belt in Saskatchewan, with a little planting in AB and BC. They switched over to BC fully in 2020, where they actually had their Dad join them for the spring plant from April-June! This is a great episode for anyone looking to get into planting as Kat discusses a lot of their own perceptions about planting and what it was actually like getting into it. For anyone who is looking to stay closer to home this year due to covid, they give an insight into more of what prairie planting looks like...really building on episode 14 with Matthew Kent where we discussed similar planting areas and styles. We also discuss boots a fair bit, especially as smaller people who have trouble finding ones that fit, and planting within the southern interior of BC. We really just talk about everything...its a great conversation between two planters just shooting the shit.  Update: Kat's Dad excelled during the planting season, and although he said he would never do it again...started to miss it a few weeks after planting finished up and they are BOTH going back to the same spot this year... #classic Also, kept my caulks in the Cariboo. Don't regret it. Will be doing it again. Caulks for life. 
49:11
January 21, 2021
Episode 39: Back Injuries with Connor Fairfield
Episode 39: Back Injuries with Connor Fairfield
Welcome to 2021! Kicking off this year with an interview with my good buddy Connor, who I have watched go through and come out the other side of a back injury. I wanted to share our conversation around his story and the tools he used to get to where he is now, because I have known so many people over the years who had retired solely because of injury. If you're currently debating whether you can go back this year, perhaps this episode can help you out! Back injuries are a very common issue for planters because #duh, we bend over a lot.  LINKS The best foam roller out there. I know it is available at Atmosphere and probably other Canadian outlets, but if you are elsewhere here is their main website: https://triggerpoint.implus.com/ What every planter should be getting for any pulled, sore muscles: https://www.lifemark.ca/services/intramuscular-stimulation
01:02:42
January 14, 2021
Episode 38: The Legacy of Ben Prunty
Episode 38: The Legacy of Ben Prunty
Today, December 20th, was to be Ben's 33rd birthday. He left a lasting impression to all those around him. His passing has rippled shock waves around his communities, including this one. This episode is commemorating and honouring Ben and all that he was to those around him, as well as what he accomplished within the planting community represented in TWIG (Tree Workers' Industrial Group)  and Tree Amigos Cooperative. If you would like to pay your respects, there are links below to access his virtual memorial service today.  "Slipping my way through the cracks And I hope you don't overreact when my body collapses I've been wandering hoping to find my own place on this planet I've been up in the middle of it, I've been up in the middle of it In the middle earth, I've been nothing but real with you" LINKS Ben Prunty Memorial Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/3ItiHWWl8 Zoom link to the memorial service at 10am PST: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/88480046598?pwd=RUZ1Wm9tSlJMaFh5bGViM0xIQW01dz09 Have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk9L31Oc7MA
40:07
December 20, 2020
Episode 36: Gaming with Sean Huggins
Episode 36: Gaming with Sean Huggins
Sooooo this is the coolest thing, a treeplanting video game!!! I saw Sean's post on KKR and am hoping that with this episode the word will get out for more of you well versed in these skills to reach out to him. He is looking for more artists and collaborators all the time! We go into Sean's own planting career and his plans moving forward now that he is done school. We talk about how this entire idea came about in the first place and how it has evolved over time. Such a rad idea!!
48:21
December 11, 2020
Episode 35: Artful Rest with Danielle Adams
Episode 35: Artful Rest with Danielle Adams
Danielle Adams is an artist and illustrator based on the BC coast, a landscape that inspires much of her work. One of the unique parts of Danielle is that she does NOT use planting as inspiration or fuel for her art, but rather a break from it.  Planting trees allowed her to fund her way through a Bachelors of Design without having to sacrifice her soul at the altar of Minimum Wage Jobs. She is now pursuing painting full time over the offseason and fully expects to be broke by May. LINKS https://www.danyeti.ca https://www.instagram.com/lasnorgs/
34:59
December 09, 2020
Episode 32: Womxn In Silviculture with Mirina van der Veen
Episode 32: Womxn In Silviculture with Mirina van der Veen
Trigger warning: sexual harassment, assault & rape.  Womxn in Silviculture is dedicated to gender inclusivity, equality, and worker's rights within the silviculture industry. A safe space to discuss all things fxmme and trees. I interview Mirina van der Veen, one of the creators of this sacred space. We cover Mirina's own planting career, and her current status as she looks to move further into silviculture. She has planted in Australia as well and we talk a little about her experiences down under compared to her time here in Canada. We talk about her passion around these issues and how she plans to give back and keep moving these rights forward as she transitions out of planting eventually.   LINKS  https://www.instagram.com/womxn.in.silviculture/  https://www.facebook.com/groups/172706926654848
49:57
December 01, 2020
Episode 31: So You Want To Plant The Coast
Episode 31: So You Want To Plant The Coast
These are obviously my own perceptions, thoughts and feelings about coastal planting. I try to answer the most common questions I see people asking online, or to me about the coast. How to know if its for you, how to get in, what kind of experience you need, and much more. This is a let it flow episode so I just sorta let myself speak to what feels appropriate. I also answer any questions from your feedback! Raingear: https://grundens.com/ Coastal contractors based in and who primarily operate on Vancouver Island, Sunshine & Central Coast: Nootka Bivouac West (now Guillory Emery & Associates) Wagner  Sitka Timberline Rainforest Osprey Evergreen
58:39
November 26, 2020
Episode 30: Replant with Scooter
Episode 30: Replant with Scooter
If you don't know who Scooter is do you even know anything about treeplanting in Canada? Jonathan "Scooter" Clark is a pivotal figure in this industry. No matter your experiences through treeplanting, everyone who has graced this community in some way has been directly influenced by what Scooter has done in this industry. He's humble AF and won't fully admit to any of it, but I try to get him to in this interview! Learn more about Scooter's story here!  LINKS replant.ca/music - redirects to the page to download The Flagging Tapes replant.ca/digitaldownloads - free digital downloads for Step By Step replant.ca/stepbystep - general info about the book www.replant-environmental.ca - my Environmental company replant.ca/publicbids - the Public Bids section on the message board
01:28:29
November 24, 2020
Episode 29: Maritime Planting with Andrew Robertson
Episode 29: Maritime Planting with Andrew Robertson
Andrew has planted in Nova Scotia (as well as dabbling in BC, AB, and SK) for 12 years and gives us an insight into what maritime planting can look like, which is quite different from what many of us are used to further west! I learned a bunch of things I had never heard of, including how they use this line system with a pole rather than flagging trees. Its a whole different world out there! Go have a listen and check it out.  Natural Regen: Natural regeneration refers to the ability of an environment, most often a forest, to regenerate itself without external intervention following a disturbance (e.g. natural disaster, logging). In forestry, natural regeneration is a forest management technique that is both economic and ecological. It creates forest zones that are richer in biodiversity.
55:06
November 20, 2020
Episode 28: Gardening with Kyle Pittman
Episode 28: Gardening with Kyle Pittman
A very cool planter doing very cool things! Kyle has been planting for 8 years, and has been off-season farming for last 4-5 years. He is based around Nelson, BC. Kyle has always had a love for foraging and we talk about how this all began with and while planting. We get into his gardening, that led to growing food for his own camp! A really neat idea that could hopefully expand to other companies and create a new sense of community in planting, allowing us to participate in and grow our own food.  LINKS Agroforestry https://www.britannica.com/science/agroforestry Permaculture https://www.naturespath.com/en-ca/blog/what-is-permaculture/
31:49
November 17, 2020
Episode 27: Covid Recap Safety Edition with Jordan Tesluk
Episode 27: Covid Recap Safety Edition with Jordan Tesluk
After hearing various planter experiences I felt it was pertinent to bring Jordan Tesluk,  a health and safety coordinator for the industry as well as the now unofficial covid rep about how the season went. We chat about his new role and how it unfolded in the spring, as well as what he saw from behind the scenes and what planters and management can expect for 2021. 
01:04:02
November 13, 2020
Episode 26: Down Under with Andrew Lewis
Episode 26: Down Under with Andrew Lewis
Last winter I sat down with one of my favourite planting humans, Andrew Lewis. I will always remember meeting Andrew for the first time because his love for planting radiates out of him! As someone who deeply loves the job as well, I connected with that instantly. Andrew went on to continue many more big seasons in Canada before branching out to Australia. He then started a treeplanting company, based and operating in Australia! We cover his own planting story as well as the decision to go down under and start his own planting company. We talk a lot about what its like to run your own company, and especially in another country where many things are different from Canada.  Ultimately we wanted this episode to be an avenue for Canadian planters to have an opportunity to go plant in Australia for a great company, however with the current border restrictions this is not possible. So for any perspective planters interested and already in Australia, this is for you! A great insight into a Canadian take on Australian planting and hopefully a place that planters in Canada can flock to whenever the borders open back up!   LINKS  https://pacificreforestation.com.au  https://www.facebook.com/PlantingAustralia/  https://instagram.com/pacific_reforestation
01:01:10
November 11, 2020
Episode 25: Covid Recap Planter Edition
Episode 25: Covid Recap Planter Edition
After a very unusual and new season for all of us dealing with the covid measures put in place, I wanted to interview a variety of planters and get their take on how they felt about all of it. Here are the experiences of 7 planters/foremen in various levels of their career and management. I hope that for any planter listening you can find bits of your own experience in here, and for any management, contractor or member of the WFCA listening that this feedback will be taken seriously for 2021 strategies and policies.  Timestamps for each separate interview are bolded below! We hear from: 8th year, 1st year foreman BC [04:08] 7th year BC [23:41] 6th year foreman ON [38:15] Rookie SK/AB [59:26] 5th year, 1st year foreman SK/AB [1:11:30] 8th year BC [1:28:39] 3rd year NS [1:38:22]
02:12:05
November 09, 2020
Episode 24: Beyond Your 20s with Mike McDonald
Episode 24: Beyond Your 20s with Mike McDonald
Back in April on a day off I sat down with one of my fellow planters on the coast, Mike McDonald. As Mike is in the midst of his 14th season, we talk about the age-old dilemma most tree planters face after finishing their studies; whether to continue treeplanting or get a "real job". An important conversation about the process of realizing that treeplanting can be a career, and the struggle to accept that as we are all fed the norm by society's standards that treeplanting isn't a real job. We cover Mike's balance between treeplanting and other ventures, as well as his three year hiatus, coming back to planting and choosing a company that fits his needs more long term. As a special bonus we delve into some philosophical ideas around the art of treeplanting and how it has benefitted us in our careers too!  This is a very relatable episode for veteran planters, and an insight into those earlier in their careers who know treeplanting is something they'd love to pursue long term but struggle with the societal judgements and ramifications of doing so. An incredible interview packed with loads of content for everyone. 
01:40:16
November 05, 2020
Wild Treebulations S1E5: This Is The End
Wild Treebulations S1E5: This Is The End
And here we are! Concluding Fayre's journey through her first rookie season. We chat about how she's been recuperating and adjusting to normal life again, as well as the highs and lows of the season. We touch on her anticipation (already!) for next season and advice that she has for new rookies looking to get out there next spring! Thanks everyone for following along with this series!
28:50
November 03, 2020
Wild Treebulations S1E4: After Spring Trees
Wild Treebulations S1E4: After Spring Trees
We check in with Fayre after she has finished spring trees!
21:22
October 29, 2020
Episode 23: One Million Trees with Everett Bumstead
Episode 23: One Million Trees with Everett Bumstead
CBC's upcoming documentary entitled One Million Trees is the brainchild of 26 year old Everett Bumstead. Originally from Platsville, Ontario, Everett graduated from Vancouver Film School in 2012. He spent the following 4 years planting trees and using the money he made to buy camera equipment and fund indie film projects. He currently lives in Vancouver where he works as a freelance editor/director specializing in music videos and documentaries. We talk about Everett's time as a tree planter, and now from the other side of a camera lens putting together One Million Trees. A great interview to learn more about the inspiration for the documentary as well as what to expect from it come November!  To see clips that didn't make it into the film and other media, check out their instagram page linked below! The documentary will be premiering November 6th on CBC Gem and CBC Television November 7th at 8PM in BC and Alberta!! LINKS To access documentary trailer visit: www.onemilliontreesfilm.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/one.million.trees/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onemilliontreesdoc/ Co-producter of film in conjunction with CBC: www.selfhired.com
36:45
October 22, 2020
A Special Tribute To Eric Spiece
A Special Tribute To Eric Spiece
Having just learned of his passing as I was off the grid in late August, I wanted to share a few words and send love to all those hurting from this loss. Rest In Peace buddy. May the planting gods be with you always.  *excuse the sound of my propane torch*
06:41
October 17, 2020
Episode 22: A New Approach-Treehab with Nathan Gregg
Episode 22: A New Approach-Treehab with Nathan Gregg
For Nathan Gregg, this culture and sense of community has an untapped potential to act as a form of rehabilitation. As a former alcoholic in recovery, Gregg’s experience in treeplanting helped him on the road to sobriety. “My sponsor gave me an ultimatum”, he explained. He was given a six month period, during which time he needed to find a place to live, employment, and a way to make his time meaningful. In his newfound workplace, he found all three. “In recovery, the saying is ‘one day at a time’, and in treeplanting, it’s ‘one tree at a time.’” For Gregg, planting trees was an incredibly therapeutic experience, and so the idea took root: “Treeplanting would make a great rehab program.” And out of that was born Treehab, his new project launching for the next planting season in 2021. Tune in to this great interview to learn more about this unique and therapeutic approach to tree planting.  **For anyone out there who has website design skills-Nathan is still looking for someone to help him get his website going. If there is anyone in the community who would be willing to volunteer their services please reach out to Nathan at treehabrecovery@gmail.com** LINKS Aghelh Nebun links: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqlFievQyt https://www.activatorsociety.org/aghelh-nebun-crf.html Article about Treehab: https://treeworkersindustrialgroup.work/2020/02/27/treehab-a-treeplanters-effort-to-support-recovering-addicts/?fbclid=IwAR1SQr6lmkHVfbZoVBNzrRXJqZ4xz4qC5mmebnLr5R_wFCZs6cZ9uiUcFYo https://creativehumanizingproject.com/ Website coming-stay tuned!!!!
46:21
September 19, 2020
Thoughts From The Block: Heat and Landslides
Thoughts From The Block: Heat and Landslides
Real talk from a hot day in May, pre monsoon season.
02:28
September 11, 2020
Thoughts From The Block: Returning To The Real World
Thoughts From The Block: Returning To The Real World
Some thoughts from Will Stewart that I feel are relatable to every planter right now as they re-enter "normal life". So much has changed since we've been in the bush with the pandemic and the state of our world. He talks about struggles that so many of us are most certainly going through right now. 
05:06
August 21, 2020
Thoughts From The Block: The Flow State
Thoughts From The Block: The Flow State
Random ramblings straight from the tree planting block!
04:28
July 26, 2020
Episode 19: A Photographer's Perspective with Tom Miller
Episode 19: A Photographer's Perspective with Tom Miller
Tom Miller is a photographer now working for TenTree, based in Vancouver, BC. Tom planted for 7 seasons in Ontario, spending most of those foremanning. I speak with Tom about his tree planting career in Eastern Canada, as well as how his love for photography started out on the block.  And apparently his Dad just started his planting careers in his 50s, what?! A great interview with an old friend. Check out his amazing work on his website and instagram. Some of his photos are also featured in The Carrying Root Collective photo books, from Episode 18.  LINKS  Website www.nomad91.com  Instagram www.instagram.com/tommymillz
29:20
July 22, 2020
Wild Treebulations S1E3: Camp Move
Wild Treebulations S1E3: Camp Move
Update from Fayre! These are her thoughts about her first camp move and how things went. We also chat about how things are going for her this season in terms of her body, her goals and her technique.  I have been sharing some of her photos and updates on the Facebook page, so feel free to go check that out at the link below! STAY DRY EVERYONE (in BC)!! https://www.facebook.com/thedirtconfessionsofatreeplanter
18:31
July 12, 2020
Thoughts From The Block: Numbers
Thoughts From The Block: Numbers
The very first planter submission for Thoughts From The Block!!! I was so stoked to receive this from Josy earlier in the week. Ironically enough, she PB'ed the very next day! She discusses struggling a lot with planting numbers, and is so relatable as so many of us do. I know I have been there myself, many many times.  Would love to continue getting recordings from all of you out there planting right now! I can pretty much work with anything, so even if it is a video send it along to erin@wildewords.ca !  Thanks for the support and may the planting gods be with you...I know its been a wet one out there this season...I'm in it with you all.  PS. Excuse my air conditioner in the background...it was a hot one today. 
05:16
June 26, 2020
Episode 18: The Carrying Root Collective with Allison Henry & Kelly Zantingh
Episode 18: The Carrying Root Collective with Allison Henry & Kelly Zantingh
The Carrying Root Collective is a project of Allison Henry and Kelly Zantingh focusing on drawing, video, photography and print-based media. Their work explores interactions between the body and landscape, drawing attention to our collective role in the climate crisis. Through their experience working as tree planters and wildfire fighters, they document the immediate impacts of forestry and wildfires. Capturing the otherworldly and uncanny nature of these areas, their work connects mythologies surrounding the female body to the landscapes of the Anthropocene. Since having formed in 2016, the collective has participated in several zine and book fairs, including /2 Edition Toronto, Kazoo Fest in Guelph, Ontario and Expozine in Montréal. They have curated two collaborative group exhibitions and participated in several group shows. They have also self-published two volumes of a photography book titled A Fresh Coat of Grit and a New Layer of Dust, a collaborative project documenting the experience of tree planting. The store website is currently not active, but the website still is!  Check out the new photos series available at the link below!  LINKS  https://www.carryingrootcollective.com  https://www.instagram.com/carryingrootcollective/?hl=en
54:18
June 19, 2020
Thoughts From The Block: Struggles
Thoughts From The Block: Struggles
In honour of mental health awareness I share this capture with you of some of my struggles. I hope for those who can relate it brings some semblance of peace, and allows the space for others to acknowledge it, speak out or ask for help with whatever you struggle with on the block.
06:35
June 01, 2020
Wild Treebulations S1E2: First Shift
Wild Treebulations S1E2: First Shift
Welcome back! Today Fayre reflects on her first shift of tree planting. She goes over how her body is feeling, how it felt to be planting, and how she is adjusting to everything especially amid the new covid rules. 
11:59
May 24, 2020
Episode 17: I Got it From My Momma with Sarah Bros
Episode 17: I Got it From My Momma with Sarah Bros
In lieu of Mother's Day this Sunday I present an interview with my badass and wonderfully talented mother, Sarah Bros. She has been a registered professional forester (RPF) for nearly 40 years. Starting out as a planter herself when tree planting began in Ontario, she went on to run crews and camps, and eventually jumped onto the other side working as a forester in silviculture for many decades as the tree planting industry evolved and grew into what it is today. My Mom is a pivotal figure in tree planting as a whole, but especially within Ontario. She has seen the entire lifespan of tree planting in Ontario, and been directly involved in it-so she provides a very unique perspective and insight. It was a wonderful opportunity to interview my Mom and learn more about her and her role in this industry. She is certainly a wealth of information, has basically done everything in the entire tree planting process and still loves to plant a few trees every year! This is a fantastic episode about the history of tree planting in Ontario, how silviculture in Ontario works, and also touching on being female in an outdoor profession before it was the norm. There is a reason my Mom is so well respected in her field, and she offers out some of what she's done during her career to keep planters, supervisors, and contractors happy. Education for everyone! 
01:20:24
May 08, 2020
Wild Treebulations S1E1: The Path of a Rookie in 2020
Wild Treebulations S1E1: The Path of a Rookie in 2020
Welcome to my new side series on the podcast! Wild Treebulations is a series created to follow a rookie tree planter through their first season. This year, I welcome Fayre Layton, who is embarking on her first season of tree planting. She is going to be one of the rookies on my crew! Technically speaking, Fayre actually did try it out last season, however had to bail after 10 days due to injuries sustained to her knees. I still consider her very much a rookie at this point, since she hasn't really had a chance to truly get into a groove or experience a full season of tree planting.  Perhaps meant to be, Fayre has a similar background as myself to the tree planting and silviculture industry. Both of her parents were also planters like mine, and her father is a forester now, as is mine. So, unlike many rookies, she has a unique perspective already on tree planting. From my own experience, I would say this is an interesting position to be in as a rookie, since she has also been involved in and known about the industry her whole life. It does not necessarily make her more or less prepared for tree planting, since we all know things are very different now than they were a few decades ago. I am curious to follow along on her journey this season with tree planting, and I hope you are too!  LINKS Fit2Plant: https://selkirk.ca/sites/default/files/Faculty%20Research/fit_to_plant.pdf Replant training videos: http://www.replant.ca/training.html Replant education: http://www.replant.ca/education.html
53:45
May 01, 2020
Episode 16: Dog Safety with Celine Rytz
Episode 16: Dog Safety with Celine Rytz
In preparation for the main spring planting season, I wanted to release this interview with resources on dog safety. Of course this year with the pandemic a lot has changed, but regardless most of what we cover is still relevant for having dogs on and off the block tree planting! Here is Céline's post on KKR from yesterday for ALL planters with dogs this season: For planters with dogs, here is a fairly exhaustive list of items to add to your first aid + emergency preparedness kits. We have all been warned to come to camp prepared for everything we will need for the duration of our contracts. Please think about what your animal may need in the event of an emergency while you're in the bush! -Veterinary-prescribed parasiticide for fleas/ticks/heartworm (such as Bravecto, Revolution, Nexguard Spectra etc.) -Deworming (such as Drontal, Strongid etc.) -Any prescription medication or pain killers (such as Metacam, Rheumocam, Meloxicam, Gabapentin etc.) -Probiotic (such as Fortiflora) -Benadryl *XYLITOL-FREE! (2mg per kg of body weight every 8 hours as necessary) -Gravol (4-8mg per kg of body weight every 12 hours as necessary) -Pepsid (0.11-0.22mg per kg of body weight) -Laxatives (such as Laxaday or Miralax, up to 1⁄4 teaspoon daily) -alcohol, hydrogen peroxide (0.22-0.45mL per kg of body weight to induce vomiting) -Health supplements (such as Omega 3's, CBD etc) -Manuka honey -polysporin -saline tears -booties for burnt/ripped paw pads -brush, flea comb, tick key, tweezers -vet wrap, bandage tape, burn pads, gauze wrap, gauze pads, cotton balls, moist pads, non-adherent padding -sanitizing scrub, epsom salts, chlorhex soap -q-tips -thermometer + lube -tongue depressors -25G needle, syringe cap, sterile syringes -urgent care canned food -high viz collar, extra leashes, collars, muzzle, carabiner, seat belt attachment, properly-fitted harness -toys, poop bags -portable kibble bag -cauterizing sticks or flour to stop minor bleeding and ripped nails -scissors, gloves, nail clippers -identification: microchipping/tattoo/provincial or municipal registration -food for the duration of the contract, towel, cone, food and water bowls Céline Rytz is a planter, foreman and Joint OH+S Committee member with Brinkman Reforestation. She earned a pre-veterinary animal science Bachelors of Science in 2015 and has worked in several veterinary clinics as a veterinarian's assistant since. She strives to educate and support dog owners in forestry workplaces and remote communities throughout Canada. Céline constructed a project last spring for Brinkman's dog owners, specifically safety protocols while living in bush camp. I spent a fair amount of time researching online for any sort of comprehensive safety manual for dogs owners in the backcountry - whether for employment or leisure - and found very little information that was legitimate and complete.  A version of her work was shared at the WFCA annual conference this year in Victoria, BC during the "Dogs in Forestry Workplace" session. Through nearly a decade of planting, she has witnessed numerous emergencies involving dogs in the bush- dog fights, musculoskeletal injuries, marijuana ingestion, insect sting anaphylaxis, hit-by-car, heat stroke/hypothermia, etc. etc. etc... Given most planting camps are a lengthy distance from any veterinary clinic, educating yourself on proper first aid treatment may reduce an animal's suffering and even save its life. LINKS KKR post with Dog Safety PDF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/58909687260/permalink/10157246910172261/ Email: bark@gmail.com
42:15
April 24, 2020
Episode 15: Boreal Folk Apothecary with Raph Gagnon
Episode 15: Boreal Folk Apothecary with Raph Gagnon
I release this episode to you a little early, so hopefully every planter has a chance to stock up on Boreal Folk products for their planting season this year. Planters supporting planters! Raph is a 3rd generation planter who worked for 9 years in northern Alberta. It was in the boreal forest planting trees where the idea for her business came about. She and her partner, also a former tree planter, own and run Boreal Folk Apothecary. Here is an excerpt from their website on the Boreal Folk philosophy:  We bring you products that are natural, plant-based and wild crafted. We create our goods by hand in our 99 sq foot mobile workshop. Striving to keep a low ecological footprint is dear to our hearts. Our minimal packaging consists of recyclable, compostable and reusable materials.  Our products are made in our wilderness lab. This captures the essence of the place these wild plants thrive. We selectively choose medicinal weeds that are growing in thriving communities and carefully harvest them using sustainable methods. We believe that wild plants are more potent than their modified, farmed counterparts which is why we seek them out in their natural habitat.  With the best intentions for your skin in mind, we seek out the finest oils, plant-based butters, clay and steam distilled essential oils. We trust that beauty is found by using simple, highly effective products that share with you the healing powers of nature. Holding nature dear to our core values, we create our products as an ode to our vast Canadian wilderness. We invite you to join us and enjoy the rituals of a wild skincare routine. Raph has generously offered all planters a 20% discount code to stock up on supplies for the season, and will prioritize all planter orders so they get to you on time via Canada Post. I hope you enjoy this episode talking all about wild foraging, soap, and all the times Raph and I almost crossed paths haha.   LINKS  20% DISCOUNT CODE: TREEPLANTER  Website: https://www.borealfolk.ca  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/borealfolk/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/borealfolk/
47:35
April 16, 2020
Special Covid19 ALBERTA Update with Judi Tetro
Special Covid19 ALBERTA Update with Judi Tetro
You know the drill folks! Here is the update for any Alberta planters. Judi Tetro has been in the industry over 30 years, and is Chief Operating Officer with Brinkman & Associates. Judi directly manages Alberta planting camps and this year Ontario as well. She is also a WFCA board member, and is involved in planting in all provinces from Ontario to BC. She has a very wide reach on the state of affairs of the industry right now, so she is able to provide an Alberta update as well as some of the evolving situations in other provinces as well. Happy Easter everybody! Please share widely with your friends and fellow planters of Alberta and beyond!
35:03
April 12, 2020
Episode 14: Prairie Planting, Spirituality and Mental Health with Matthew Kent
Episode 14: Prairie Planting, Spirituality and Mental Health with Matthew Kent
This is a jam packed episode and a conversation I really enjoyed! Originally I set to talk about planting in Saskatchewan with Matthew Kent. Matthew is an 11 season vet, which is about 10 years longer than he intended. His fondness for planting is rooted in a love of both the outdoors and inner growth. When he's not in the woods, he's probably pursuing something 'spiritual' or watching cute animal videos. His main focus these days is empowering others through Ancient Lomi Lomi, a rare and sacred lineage of Hawaiian bodywork. After covering SK and some Manitoba planting as well, we got off into quite a tangent about the spirituality of tree planting. Matthew even asked me some questions and we delved into dealing with life struggles and mental health on the block, as well as how it can affect your season. I felt this is a really appropriate episode right now, especially to consider if the regular planting seasons go ahead with the isolation measures in place and how this could affect everyone's mental health...and also to reflect on what planting has taught us for the strange times we all find ourselves in at the moment. Re-listening to the episode as I made edits, it was astonishing how much we talked about that we all collectively have to face right now. I hope you enjoy this one!  LINKS Matthew's website: https://letyourlightspeak.com
01:40:13
April 10, 2020
Spéciale Covid19 QUÉBEC Mise À Jour avec Saul Clark-Gagnon
Spéciale Covid19 QUÉBEC Mise À Jour avec Saul Clark-Gagnon
Pour les planters Québécois!! Naturellement, j'ai fait un mise à jour pour vous aussi! J'ai parlé avec Saul Clark-Gagnon, un entrepreneur sylvicole en Québec. J'ai demandé les mêmes questions que je l'ai demandé à Jordan Tesluk en Colombie-Britannique et Simon Montpellier en Ontario. Alors, on a discuté la situation aujourd'hui en Quebec, et ce qui s'a passé depuis Mars. J'espère que cette conversation vous aider un peu!! Partagez avec vos amies s'il vous plaît! Et encore, merci beaucoup pour écouter ce podcast!
17:46
April 08, 2020
Thoughts From The Block: Old Growth and Big Frozen Trees
Thoughts From The Block: Old Growth and Big Frozen Trees
Random ramblings straight from the tree planting block!
03:30
April 06, 2020
Tools for Isolation
Tools for Isolation
A special episode for dealing with isolation this season. I have spent A LOT of time completely off grid working as a geologist, and I have acquired many tools and methods to help in the process! I wanted to share some of these, so that all planters have time to prepare before May is upon us and we are (hopefully) all out planting trees! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to reach out.  LINKS More about the InReach device: https://explore.garmin.com/en-CA/inreach/ Garmin InReach Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Garmin-010-01735-00-Handheld-Satellite-Communicator/dp/B01MRZ9ATL/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=inreach&qid=1585951198&sr=8-3 Garmin InReach Mini Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Garmin-inReach-Mini-Communicator-010-01879-00/dp/B07CR7PL54/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=inreach&qid=1585951198&sr=8-1 Garmin InReach MEC: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5053-915/inReach-SE%2B Garmin InReach Mini MEC: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5060-919/inReach-Mini Sunlight bar soap: https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/sunlight-soap-bar/6000159563438 @theholisticpsychologist: https://www.instagram.com/the.holistic.psychologist/?hl=en Places to find planting-related gear: IRL: https://www.irlsupplies.com/subgrouping.htm?cat=5862 Deakin: https://www.deakin.com/products/?c=1343&g=5499 ONO Trading: http://www.onoworkandsafety.com Surplus Herby's: https://www.surplusherbys.com/shop Bushpro: http://www.bushpro.ca
25:32
April 03, 2020
Special Covid19 ONTARIO Update with Sylvain Montpellier
Special Covid19 ONTARIO Update with Sylvain Montpellier
CALLING ALL ONTARIO PLANTERS!! As promised, here is your own update on the planting season amid covid19. Sylvain Montpellier is a customer service representative for PRT, and he speaks to me from his home in small town northern Ontario. He is also a forest technician, currently working on his RPF (registered professional forester) and is a provisional member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA). PRT is the single largest tree nursery business here in Canada. If you are a planter, you know PRT! I ask Sylvain all the same questions I asked Jordan Tesluk, and we talk about the differences and similarities between tree planting in BC and Ontario. As always things are changing on the daily but this is the most up to date information. Things sound like they are shaping up well, have faith planters and listen to all the advice in here, as well as from the government and your planting companies!! Hope this helps!!
23:60
April 02, 2020
Special Covid19 BRITISH COLUMBIA Update with Jordan Tesluk
Special Covid19 BRITISH COLUMBIA Update with Jordan Tesluk
Hey everybody. I felt called to do a special episode and get it out to everyone ASAP. I sat down with Jordan Tesluk again last night, to discuss his role and the current state of affairs with our industry amid the covid19 pandemic. We talk about what has happened thus far, what is still happening, and how and if we may be able to proceed with a viable interior planting season here in British Columbia. That being said, this is BC specific and I am working on covering the situations in other provinces if I can. It is essentially a summary and discussion of all of Jordan's recent updates and posts on King Kong. Hope this helps! 
47:02
March 30, 2020
Thoughts From The Block: Planting Amid Covid19
Thoughts From The Block: Planting Amid Covid19
Welcome to another new series that will be active during the planting season. I am starting this off with mostly my own personal ramblings and realizations from my time on the block this season. However I welcome this out to others to share their own feelings, thoughts and words!  If you are a planter interested in participating please send me your story or audio recording to erin@wildewords.ca
03:22
March 23, 2020
Episode 11: Me, Myself and I
Episode 11: Me, Myself and I
In this episode, as I have just celebrated my birthday, I thought it was appropriate to interview myself! I answer all the questions I ask everyone else all the time, so you can get an idea more of my own planting journey. I hope everyone learns a little more about me and this podcast! LINKS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thedirtconfessionsofatreeplanter/
52:10
March 20, 2020
Episode 9: Emotional and Physical Safety in Planting with Britt White
Episode 9: Emotional and Physical Safety in Planting with Britt White
I want to preface this with a trigger warning about sexual harassment and assault. Although we do not discuss specific incidents, we are covering this topic. I sat down with Britt White from the Northern Society for Domestic Peace to talk about the survey they have created to collect information about sexual harassment and misconduct within the tree planting industry. Their initial findings were recently presented at the Western Forestry Contractor’s Association (WFCA) back in late January. Shortly thereafter a CBC article was released about the findings. We chat first about Britt’s planting career and go into how she got involved with NSDP, how the survey came about, and what they are hoping to do going forward. We discuss work they are currently doing with some companies in the industry, as well as how the industry is changing as a whole on these issues. As the survey is ongoing, I hope to do a follow up later on to hear some more of the results. LINKS  Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BF7CR5P CBC article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/tree-planter-camps-sex-assaults-1.5446211 VICE article: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/evwyyn/bush-workers-deal-with-sexual-harassment-in-the-middle-of-nowhere?utm_source=vicefbca&utm_campaign=global Northern Society for Domestic Peace  NSDP Administration  Open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday 3772-1st Avenue - PO Box 3836, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0  Tel: (250) 847-9000 or Toll Free in BC: 1-877-633-9933 Fax: (250) 847-8911  Email: info@domesticpeace.ca  Website: http://domesticpeace.ca
46:57
March 06, 2020
Episode 8: International Tree Planting with Lautaro Cepeda
Episode 8: International Tree Planting with Lautaro Cepeda
Today I sat down with Lautaro Cepeda. Born in the Netherlands, he came to Canada at 2 years old. Lautaro is currently starting his own business, building a meal planning app and also owns a kitchenware store. He is based in Sooke, British Columbia. Lautaro started planting unusually early, at age 17, as he graduated high school early. He then took his first season in BC and continued it across the globe in the UK and Australia. Lautaro shares his experiences of his first season of planting, as well as the differences he saw between the other countries he planted in. A fresh perspective in this episode, and a great listen for anyone getting into planting this year! LINKS Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lautarocepe/ Website www.thefub.ca
29:46
February 28, 2020
Losses in the Tree Planting Family
Losses in the Tree Planting Family
This is my best attempt at explaining a bit about the tree planting family that is created within this industry. Referring to the loss of Neil Whan recently, I try to explain why losses in the planting community make all of us so upset. A bit of a ramble on reflections and thoughts about how I see the connection and the bonds we all share as tree planters. I hope this can shed some light on it for those of you not involved, and help those who are to put it into words a little better. 
14:34
February 26, 2020
Episode 7: Safety in British Columbia with Jordan Tesluk
Episode 7: Safety in British Columbia with Jordan Tesluk
Today I sat down with Jordan Tesluk, a rising force within the tree planting world. He is the forestry safety advocate for silviculture and consultant forestry in BC. He helps to provide a liason role engaging industry members in conversation about health and safety issues, as well as distributing that and getting feedback in the field. He planted for 15 years on the coast and interior, and put in more than one million trees. We talked about his academic background and how he contributed to tree planting through research. Then we talk more about what he does and how he acts as a liason between tree planters, their respective companies, as well as larger organizations here in British Columbia. We talked about the changes within tree planting over the decades, specifically within health and safety, and where the future of this industry may be going.  Jordan is a wealth of information, and I hope you all enjoy this very informative interview! LINKS Employment Standard 37.9 for Silviculture Workers https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards/forms-resources/igm/esr-part-7-section-37-9 An All-In-One Stop for Workers Standards across Canada http://www.replant.ca/employmentstandards.html The book he mentions to me in conversation: Mill Town Mine Town Rail Town by Rex Lucas https://www.amazon.ca/Minetown-Milltown-Railtown-Canadian-Communities/dp/0195428870 Another book recommendation by Jordan: Green Gold by Patricia Marchak https://www.amazon.ca/Green-Gold-Forestry-Industry-Columbia/dp/0774801832
52:40
February 21, 2020
In Memory of Neil Whan
In Memory of Neil Whan
This is a special tribute to Neil Whan, whom the planting community lost last week. You can find the memoriam here on the Brinkman website: https://www.brinkmanreforestation.ca/new-page-3  If you have any stories about Neil you would like to share, please email me.
11:30
February 20, 2020
Episode 6: Art & Tree Planting with Bethany Davis
Episode 6: Art & Tree Planting with Bethany Davis
Today I sit down to chat with the woman behind the podcast art, tree planter and tree checker Bethany Davis! Bethany Davis is 21, currently living in Toronto, Ontario. She is studying Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University making art heavily impacted from her time within bush camps in rural Alberta. Her first drawing series Follow the Trees, showcased on the podcast, brings into discussion our interaction with the land through ink illustrations.  Currently, Bethany’s work has moved into more of a critical lens of the reforestation industry in her thesis work The Cultivated Orientation of the Natural Infrastructure where she looks closely at the manufactured landscape. Accrediting images of the land to observe how nature responds to mass destruction of deforestation, questioning what elements could remain? Within these drawings, she pictorially expresses the silent, yet the resilient force of life. Where plants such as Hog Weed, Stinging Needle, wildflowers and fungi can act as a scab to cover an open wound on the earth’s surface. Working in correspondence with the drawing series Bethany is collecting Tree Planting maps to make hand-bound art books. Her current piece Treatment Area uses thirty collected tree planting maps. Each has been used, carrying with it, the story of planters among the dirt, bleeding ink and wrinkled paper. These maps show the layout of a cut block, an empty chunk of land following the removal of a forest. Illustrating how the land can be organized through formed bodies, coloured mass, and curious annotation. Poems are layered on top, with transparencies creating the context to the artist and her primordial exchange with the land.  Just so you are aware of where a lot of Bethany's educated opinions come from, here are links to her source material: “Is the Bark Beetle All Bad?” The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things: Stories from Science and Observation, by Peter Wohlleben, Greystone Books, 2019, pp. 77–86. “Creatures in Your Coffee.” The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things: Stories from Science and Observation, by Peter Wohlleben, Greystone Books, 2019, pp. 35–52.  Call out to planters! Bethany is looking for block maps! There is a link on her website to donate block maps to her creative project (see link below)  LINKS  Website: https://davis-bethany.format.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bee.davis_/  Book to check out: The Secret Wisdom of Nature https://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Wisdom-Nature-Extraordinary-%20Observation/dp/1771643889/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=CjwKCAiA-P7xBRAvEiwAow-VadxV6EIfnLg4MSTSnUWivjIpzIOWgGZAOBM2nFD-%20ZGVwY2jRdso9sBoCRqEQAvD_BwE&hvadid=324888448280&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9061009&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=11157256988861346976&hvtargid=kwd-647253172304&hydadcr=2438_10293367&keywords=secret+wisdom+of+nature&qid=1581277487&sr=8-1
35:12
February 14, 2020
Episode 5: Lars Zergun & King Kong Reforestation
Episode 5: Lars Zergun & King Kong Reforestation
Lars Zergun, otherwise known as Mike Ross, the creator and founder of King King Reforestation. King King Reforestation is a group on Facebook that has become a hub for the tree planting community online. From discussing gear, ride shares, job opportunities and all things planting, this is the spot! I talk with Mike about his own tree planting career as well as how King Kong came about.   **If you are interested in getting any of the mp3 of the planting songs he has made, such as "Welcome 2 Treeplanting, Gorilla Warfare  and Gravediggez", please email him with subject line "Planter music" at larszergun@live.ca**  LINKS Soundcloud link: Lars Zergun "Gravediggez" https://soundcloud.com/djbolivia/lars-zergun-gravediggerz?fbclid=IwAR2PwWV2ZYSvQqEYcCYoPYWUIb-l0FTbTspYrzaOYDrUz1A0E_B6euCDI0Q  Youtube links to some of the King Kong tree planting videos:  King Kong Reforestation-Rebuild the future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yMlQ-dT0fc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2cRA4EoeefoHEn7BqIU5xpLOGz7upZxRIZUkwwqWeK-GRYnIEU4SSCd8U  KEEP COOL - Plant Hard, Die Happy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FJdUUMYH4c&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2cRA4EoeefoHEn7BqIU5xpLOGz7upZxRIZUkwwqWeK-GRYnIEU4SSCd8U
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February 07, 2020
Episode 4: Terminology of Tree Planting
Episode 4: Terminology of Tree Planting
As suggested by another planter, I have come up with a comprehensive list of planting terms for you!! For anyone who isn't a tree planter or anyone looking to go tree planter for their first time this year,  you can brush up on these terms to get familiar with the tree planter lingo. These terms will come up a lot in subsequent interviews! I have attached a print out of these terms on the Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/thedirtconfessionsofatreeplanter/
56:37
February 04, 2020
Episode 3: What IS Tree Planting?!
Episode 3: What IS Tree Planting?!
This is an overview of what tree planting looks like here in Canada. From how the tree planting industry works, to every aspect of the job. I talk about what gear we use, what we plant (they aren’t actually trees!), what we wear, how long we work, and how long the seasons are. I also talk about things tree planters have in common and what it takes to be a tree planter. Lastly, I touch on how much you can earn tree planting. Enjoy! For corrections on some of the information I mentioned about TFLs, see this document here --> https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/forestry/timber-tenures/timber_tenures_brochure_2012.pdf
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February 02, 2020
Episode 2: Call out for YOU!
Episode 2: Call out for YOU!
Hey tree planters far and wide, and anyone else who is curious about tree planting. I want to hear from you! Do you have a crazy story to share? Do you have ideas for this podcast, or topics you would like covered? Do you have a question about tree planting you want answered? Contact me! erin@wildewords.ca
03:47
January 31, 2020
Episode 1: Welcome!
Episode 1: Welcome!
Welcome everyone! Here is a little about me and why I decided to start this podcast. Cannot wait to hear from you and get this this going!
09:17
January 31, 2020
The Dirt: Confessions of a Tree Planter
The Dirt: Confessions of a Tree Planter
A brief bio on what this podcast is all about!
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January 30, 2020