Heart of Wisdom

heart of wisd

Book Launch @ University of Lethbridge February 17 2014: A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry. Cynthia Chambers, Erika Hasebe-Ludt, Carl Leggo, Anita Sinner (Editors).

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Here, There, Then



Some of Veronica’s talks this year:

Into the Wild: Counter-narratives at the Edge of Human Ecology. International Globalization, Diversity & Education Conference. Spokane, WA. February 2014.

Ground Up, Hands On Narratives in Environmental Learning @ Loon Lake Gathering, British Columbia. October 2013.

World I love this garden: Keeping it real in the urban school garden @ International School Grounds Alliance Conference, Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto.  September 2013.

The Role of Eco-Poetry in Interdisciplinary Partnership Models. International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) Tenth Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy, Thinking and Acting Ecologically  @ The University of East Anglia, UK June 2013,

Learning Gardens: Looking Back, Moving Forward @ University of London (UCL) London UK. April 2013.

One of Veronica’s radio essays @ Sunday Edition CBC radio, Pilgrimage.


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Seamus Heaney

13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013

For Derry, friends and family.

“Going down and down for the good turf,



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My City, George the Poet

“There’s a difference between having a front row seat and watching from the sidelines.”



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London Cab Poetry Contest

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Talks & Walks

Please join Veronica @:

May 30 2012 at The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and CSSE (Canadian Society for Studies in Education) in Waterloo, with:

Susan Jagger (OISE UofT) and Carlos Gustavo Ormond (SFU) From Compost to Concrete: Urban School Gardens


Leyton Schnellert (UBCO), Teacher Education on the Edge: A Socio-Ecological Inquiry into Learning to Teach Through Principles of Ecology and Inclusion.

American Education Research Association (AERA). April 12-17, 2012. Vancouver, Canada:

Walks @ AERA:

April 14, 2012. 10:30-12:30. The City as Classroom Walking Tour: Social Change and City Planning in Canada’s Poorest Neighbourhood.

Please join Veronica and urban design expert Lewis Villegas, SUNN Project Coordinator David Samis and SFU Research Carlos Gustavo Ormond for a walking tour through Vancouver’s historic downtown neighbourhoods of Gastown, Chinatown, Strathcona, and Japantown. Focussing on urban design, we will explore how decades of development pressure and Modernist planning have contributed to the area’s social and economic problems and continuously threatened the history and culture of the local ethnic and working class communities. We will also tour the controversial Woodwards development, which some hail as a neighbourhood saviour, and others fear has accelerated gentrification to the point of no return.

April 13, 2012. 13:45-17:30. UBC Farm (Intergenerational Landed Learning Project). Field trip and discussion forum: The Importance of a garden: Theorizing learning in school gardens  With seven co-presenters and graduate students.
(SIG – Environmental Education).

Poetry Reading @ VAG:

Saturday, April 14. 19:30. Poetry reading with Veronica (&  The Cupcakes) at  The Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street.  Poetry reading and community food-pedagogy. Arts Based Education Research (ABER and ARTS Based Collective Research) Reception.

Papers @ AERA:

Sunday April 15 2012. 12:55. Eco-Poetic Inquiry: The Poetry of Place.  Paper. (Arts Based Education Research SIG).

Monday April 16 2012. 8:15. Environmental Learning and Teacher Education.  In Symposium: A Dialogue on Environmental Learning and Experience.

Winter Talks:

February 2012: Eighth Annual Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference. Please join Veronica for the presentation: Real, Roots, Outside: Eco-Poetry as Counternarrative. Also with: Justin Hougham, University of Idaho and Francene Watson, Washington State University: The Palouse Pollinators. Towards a Praxis of Sustainability.

January 2012: Digging Deep: The Heart of the Urban School Garden. International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. UBC Robson. Vancouver, Canada.

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Roots and Research in Urban School Gardens

New book publication

Please note: This book is available in university libraries and bookstores or through the publisher.  Some good reasons not to shop online through the larger retail outlets: here and here.

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NFB film

swims (lovely)

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Support Troy Davis

Twenty Years on Death Row

NEW: Read Jen Marlowe’s article in ColorLines

De’Jaun says. “My uncle is not the only one going through this type of pain … a lot of people really want someone to hear their case but they don’t have the power and resources. I see myself as an activist, helping people.”

When asked where he gets the inner reserves to handle all that is facing him, De’Jaun speaks about his faith in God. And, he says, he has two chief role models for strength, courage, tenacity, humanity and dignity. His mother, Martina, is one. The other: his Uncle Troy.Read Jen Marlowe’s September 2010 article in The Nation.

Jen Marlowe’s short film explains the details of the case:

New: Religious leaders seek clemency.

“This is a matter of conscience and it is urgent.”  – Stephen Dear, executive director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty.

Troy Davis is on death row for the 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, GA. Troy has always maintained his innocence, and there was never any physical evidence linking him to the crime. 7 out of the 9 non-police witnesses  have since recanted or changed their testimony. New witnesses have come forth identifying another suspect. Yet, on March 28, the US Supreme Court denied Troy’s final appeal, clearing the way for Georgia to set the execution date.

That execution date could be set any day now. Troy’s life will then be in the hands of Georgia’s Board of Pardon & Paroles, who has the power to grant Troy clemency.


1. Sign the Amnesty USA petition, asking the GA Board of Pardons & Parole to grant Troy clemency, and forward it to others.

2. Collect signatures on a download-able version of the petition.

3. If you are a lawyer or a legal professional: add your name to the legal professional sign-on letter

4. If you are a member of the clergy: add your name to the clergy sign-on letter.

5. If you have contacts with legal professionals or members of the clergy, forward them the sign-on letters and urge them to sign.

6. If you have contacts in Georgia, urge them to sign the petition or, sign-on letters (if they are legal professionals or members of the clergy.) It is important that the Board know that this issue matter to folks around the country and around the world–but especially that it matters to folks in Georgia.

7. 1 million Tweets for Troy!
If you are Twitter user than please consider tweeting for Troy.

Sign the petition for #TroyDavis! www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition

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A Land/Learner Connection

The International Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.

A Land/Learner Connection: Diverse Experiences in Environmental Immersion

The development of local and global knowledge around environment has evolved in a way that is inclusive of both academic and community involvement.  Any meaningful knowledge around environment now requires a re-visioning of research, and the place of the university, as an equal partner with community.

Join us in this panel presentation as we explore our diverse experiences around a week of environmental immersion at Quillisascut Farm, a working farm in NorthEast Washington, in summer 2010.

Please join Veronica Gaylie and:  Justin Hougham, University of Idaho; Karen Jurgenson, Quillisascut Farm School/Seattle Culinary Academy; Lora Lea Misterly, Quillisascut Farm School for Domestic Arts; Laurie Morley, Eastern Washington University; Melissa Saul, University of Idaho; Joanie Andruss, University of Idaho; Liz Schale, Bellingham School District; Francene Watson, Washington State University.



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