Learning Grounds: My Letters to M

What, then, is the ground? A base on which everything is supported? A place of life and habitation? Or a threshold between the worlds of the living and the dead? It could be any or all of these things.

Ingold, Tim. Correspondences (p. 84). Polity, 2021.

Through ongoing correspondence with Michelle Teran, we reflect on what our respective gardens teach us. Our allotments–hers in the sun and wholly dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables and mine under the shadow of a large Metasequoia–have an emergent and uniquely tailored curriculum that unfolds across the seasons. Lessons are often small, fleeting, but nonetheless accumulative. Throughout the seasonal shifts, each plot, with its varying conditions, offers fertile learning grounds that grounds the learner.