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#AAGDC, part 3: care

Megan Betz

In examining the community orchard, I am struck by how the concepts of care and managements fold together or overlay. We establish an orchard management plan to guild what happens at workdays. Is a component of that work care? Or is a principle of care guiding how we manage? If we manage our fields but care for our lawns, can we distinguish the two by a professional (managerial) and personal (caring, potentially affectionate) divide or continuum? If so, what happens to the lawn? In “caring” for the concept of the lawn, we do violence against the species that comprise it–and so, it seems, breaking down the language of our action can highlight the thing–species, concept, construct–we aim to uphold. I hope to keep this in mind as my analysis of the language and practice of the community orchard unfolds.

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#AAGDC, part 2: getting vegetal

Megan Betz

It’s been a week since I flew home from #AAGDC, & I’m still feeling so proud of & thankful for the sessions our team hosted on Saturday, beginning with the panel session and followed by two paper sessions all exploring the idea of Vegetal Geography. Here are some questions I left the day with.

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#AAGDC, part 1

Megan Betz

Each year at AAGs, part of the notes I make are readings I need to revisit. Many times, those notes get forgotten in the rush of getting home & settling back into dissertation writing, parenting, working, living. This year, I wanted to capture them all & figure out where to go with them. May it jog some memories or send you into that glorious “flow state,” tumbling through a wormhole of citations & chasing the ideas for your next paper. May it also, for me personally, be an inch toward a stronger politics of citations–a weeding out of voices we’ve heard & amplifying of voices we need. This list isn’t as robust in that way as it could be, & I welcome your additions. Share your own lists, too! Let’s make the work we did last week memorable & visible.

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