Kudzu Culture is the human half of the equation that keeps this plant in dynamic equilibrium in our southern ecosystems. We work with, learn about and share our experiences with kudzu and the great gifts it has to offer in hopes of weaving a way of being with this curious plant that places us not in opposition to our living landscapes, but at home.
We’re in the process of establishing a kudzu cooperative with a few friends and fellow kudzu lovers and harvesters. Updates on this are forthcoming.
Here are the co-conspirators behind KudzuCulture.net:
Justin Holt has worked in ecological agriculture, permaculture design, and environmental education for the past decade. He is a co-founder of the Nutty Buddy Collective and the Asheville Nuttery, and guides foraging tours with No Taste Like Home.
Zev Friedman lives and works as a milpa farmer, kudzu harvester, Permaculture educator and bio-cultural seed keeper based in the Hut Hamlet Housing Co-op at Earthaven Ecovillage outside of Asheville, NC. After growing up in a patch of kudzu, Zev earned a B.S. in Human Ecology at UNC Asheville in 2004, started his own businesses after PDC’s and apprenticeships with Patricia Allison and Chuck Marsh, and now seeks to grow climate resilient community and multi-generational village culture through Kudzu Culture, through his consulting work and land projects, and most recently with Co-operate WNC, a regional scale Mutual Aid initiative. Please see www.wnc-mutual-aid.org and www.livingsystemsdesign.net for more info
Lauren Bacchus’s bio is coming soon!