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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer


Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered by Bill Devall


The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

I'm really excited to share this interview with you! Not only because it's the first Mowgli Quarterly interview I had the pleasure of doing in person, but because I sit down with my former boss, current client, and friend—Rebecca McBride. I selfishly requested we do the interview at her home. It's a beautiful backdrop for talking about environmentalism and all the things Bec is doing for the cause. It also means I get to drive out to the countryside (miss her driveway, drive until the road ends, call Bec for directions, and turn around), pull up to my future home goals, visit with her wife Betsy, and meet their adorable and hilarious pup, Chance. As if that's not enough, I also get the honor of hearing Rebecca tell me all these pieces of the puzzle that create her story.

It was raining and instead of finding a place in her home where we wouldn't have that background noise—we embraced it. Cozied into a corner of her office with windows on three sides and a metal roof to amplify those raindrops, we settled in for a chat. In true form, we both tried to stay professional and ended up in a fit of giggles wondering how we'd make it through the entire interview. Wiping laugh-til-you-cry tears from our faces, we obviously pulled ourselves together and got to chatting.

Rebecca started her nonprofit, Four Osprey and a few of its initiatives, while we were working at
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. I also had recently finished my degree in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Illinois, so she asked if I'd like to design some things for her and be on the board. Yes, please! From that point on we had a lot of great conversations about whales, working with local grade school classes, and being more ecofluent (collectively use the principles of supply and demand to fundamentally reshape our economy to one that supports a balanced and healthy environment).

Today, Rebecca spends most of her time with Four Osprey's current initiative, C-U City Farm, which includes the
Mobile Market delivering donated food and products to communities with limited access to grocery stores and food pantries in Champaign County. There are so many more layers within that initiative, but I'll let Bec share that with you in her interview. Enjoy!