Kanchan Dawn Hunter

Kanchan Dawn Hunter is the former co-director at Spiral Gardens (here she served for 15 years.


She is an herbalist, agroecologist, community organizer, educator and grower. She is a mother of 3 grown children, 3 grandchildren and a proud Earth steward. Besides all of the Earth work she has done over the years, a large part of that work has been to encourage and engage folx of color, queer folx and youth of all backgrounds in the sacred act of Earth stewardship. Her understanding is that staying closely connected to Earth, where everything we love and need comes from, allows us to be more resilient, and more deeply connected to ourselves and each other.



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Bridging and belonging in neighborhoods: Transformative Change and Care, Starting From the Block
Over the last year, the pandemic has kept us apart and relegated many of our connections to virtual spaces. But it has also been a chance to reorient ourselves to life and relationships at the neighborhood level. How can one-to-one relationships between neighbors plant the seeds for systems change, different ways of living collectively, and bridges to belonging? Explore connections between a range of bridging efforts rooted in everyday moments of interpersonal connection ― from community care and solidarity through mutual aid organizing, to campaigns that are reimagining community safety...