Shaina Philpot was recently published in the anthology Deserts to Mountaintops: Our Collective Journey to (re)Claiming Our Voice by New York Times Bestselling Author Jessica Buchanan and other contributing authors. Her chapter, “Where Do I Belong?” focuses on the theme of belonging, including her time as a Native American student at UC Berkeley and experiences with domestic violence and suicide. Deserts to Mountaintops reached #1 in 13 categories on Amazon Bestseller/New Release lists on its release date, January 25, 2023 and has 194 five star reviews on Amazon (and counting!).
Weed Eaters: Accompanying Berkeley’s Urban Foragers from Weed Patch to Dining Table
“If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em!” That was UC Berkeley professor and ethnobotanist Tom Carlson’s advice to a crowd of 100 who gathered for a walk in the Berkeley hills to learn which weeds on the street—and in their backyards—could become ingredients in their next meal. The April 4 walk kicked off Wild Food […]
Scientists Coax Secrets From Living Soil Crusts
Biological soil crusts (BSCs), as the name might suggest, are rather unprepossessing entities, typically presenting themselves as dark, mottled patches on desert soils. From a microbiological perspective, however, they are fascinating: living, symbiotic communities of cyanobacteria, mosses, and algae that can survive – indeed, thrive — where most other things wither and die. Scientists have […]
What’s for Dinner? For These Urban Foragers in Berkeley, The Answer is Weeds
When Thomas Carlson and Philip Stark find a foot-tall dandelion growing out of the sidewalk on Hearst Street, it’s all they can do to contain their excitement. “Oh wow! Now that is robust!” Carlson exclaims. They won’t eat this one; it’s too close to cars and exhaust. But wow, just look at that beauty! Recently, […]