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Cultivating Place: Healing, Gratitude & Connection with Zephrine Hanson, Hampden Farms Denver, CO

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In this week after Veterans Day here in the U.S, and in this season clarifying that gratitude is one of the greatest gifts of the garden and the growing world, we’re in conversation with someone who knows this gift of the garden perhaps especially well.

Zepherine - Zee – Hanson is an Air Force Veteran who, after 8 years serving as a military photojournalist, took a medical retirement in 2004. As part of her own healing journey, Zephrine joined the Veterans to Farmers program in Denver, CO.

All photos are courtesy of Hampden Farms. All rights reserved.

Working in partnership with the Denver Botanic Gardens, the therapeutic Veterans to Farmers program was life-changing for Zephrine, bringing together all of the things she cared most about and motivating her to found her business Hamden Farms, which connects farming, storytelling, small business incubation, underserved communities, and growing outside the box.

For her innovative work researching how to connect unused farm produce to small makers looking to craft value add products- helping to stabilize the incomes of both farmers and makers, Zephrine has won awards and recognition from the Bob Evan Heroes to CEOs program, from LinkedIn Creator Accelerator Program, from REI, and more. Listen in!

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All photos courtesy of Hampden Farms, 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.