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WorldWild Podcast

 Episode 56  31st March 2022

Forgotten Knowledges with Nina Lawrin

Nina Lawrin takes us on an ethnobotanical journey through the Carpathians of Ukraine with her ancestral family, to her birthplace in the United States, and in Namibia learning from the San people. We talk about ecological knowledge, knowing your own ancestry, GMOs, and cultural wounds... (Please note: this episode was recorded before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.)


'How are things lost and forgotten, and when are they reclaimed?

About Nina Lawrin


Nina Lawrin lives and works on Anishinaabe, Potawatomi, Odawa,  Ojibwe, Illinois, Kickapoo, & Miami territory (Michigan and Chicago) with her second home in Namibia with occasional travel back to ancestral lands of western Ukraine and Germany. Nina is an ethnobotanist (MSc University of Kent 2021), artist, urban forager, certified permaculture designer, and a world traveler...aka intentional nomad! Nina  co-founded the Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute in 2019 and is a Fulbright alumna and alumni ambassador to Namibia. She has worked alongside numerous permaculture sites including Eloolo Permaculture Initiative and Damaraland Farming Cooperative, cultivating their “waste streams” to share and create nontoxic, research-driven, site-specific artwork. She started her foraging journey learning from the San community in Namibia and Botswana in 2016. Nina is a proud certified tree keeper with Openlands #1248, a certified permaculture designer, and just general foodie at heart.

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About the show


We offer a series of conversations to tap into the wildness within ourselves and to uncover what is possible when we do. It is our hope that through the WorldWild Podcast we can contribute to the revitalisation of wild food culture and conversation around the world.


Through people who know their landscapes intimately, we gather the threads to weave a rich tapestry. Piece by piece the vision of a wilder world comes into view. The wild embrace of nature welcomes us back and offers us a seat at the table. A feast, no less!



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