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Cultivating Place: Finding Solace In The Soil, Gardens, And Gardeners Of The Amache Japanese American Prison Camp

Images courtesy of Bonnie J. Clark, all rights reserved.

Bonnie J Clarke is a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver. Her new book Finding Solace in the Soil, Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache (University Press of Colorado, 2020) traces six field seasons of her research and immersion into the lives of Japanese Americans held at the Amache Prison camp, which was active on the high plains of Colorado from 1942 to 1945.

Already designated a National Historic Landmark, and with bills before both the US House of Representatives and the Senate to make Amache a part of the National Park Service, Bonnie joins Cultivating Place this week to share more about what it means to be a gardener and a human. Listen in!

Images courtesy of Bonnie J. Clark, all rights reserved.

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.