Basic Profile

Name:

Betsey Crawford

City:

Box Elder

State/Province:

SD

Zip/Postal Code:

57719

Country:

United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

Thanks to wonderful times studying at Genesis Farm, I’ve been operating from a deep time perspective for years, and love the idea of being connected to like-minded people. When I first heard Miriam McGillis speak, at a native plant conference in 2000, I told her I’d been waiting to hear her all my life, so it resonated with me instantly. The idea of being a part of the ever evolving energies of the universe made a deep, inner sense. I felt placed — spiritually and physically — on this planet, and in this time, in a way I never had before, part of the whole web of existence, of the universe, related to the stars, to the dirt, to the trees, to everyone else. This has gotten deeper and deeper in the years since. 

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

When I first became involved with Genesis Farm, I was a landscape designer, specializing in natural landscapes and native plants. After retiring, I left New York to deeply explore the natural world. I am a photographer, specializing in wildflowers, and a writer, and my vision is constantly filtered through my connection to deep time. A good example of this is a recent essay published on my website, The Soul of the Earth: http://thesouloftheearth.com/takes-village-community-lichen. This year, because I have such a strong affinity for both wildflowers and grasses I’m beginning a years-long project on the prairies. 

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

I like to say that I spent my first 60 years in New York, and then took off on adventures. I grew up in the old railroad town of Croton-on-Hudson, 30 miles up the Hudson River from New York City. I am an artist and photographer, with a BA in art from Marymount College, though I made my living as a landscape designer at the end of Long Island. My company, Meadows and Woods, specialized in natural landscapes and native plants, and I often lectured on native plants and wrote about them for local papers and groups. The lure of travel, adventure, wildflowers, and nature drew me away when I was 60, so I bought an RV and took off, and I’ve been roaming the west ever since. My travels have extended from the Mexican border to Alaska, with lots of stops in between.   

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

Now that Genesis Farm is no longer offering workshops, and I am on the road much of the time, I miss the wonderful connections and community I enjoyed so much. I’m taking the Pachamama Alliance’s Game Changer Initiative right now, and joined hoping for community, and that has been a wonderful part of the course. I love hearing about other people’s endeavors, hopes and dreams, brainstorming about ways that we can bring about change, and feeling the support for my own efforts. One of the things I’ve always loved to hear from people who heard me speak about native plants, or who read my writings and see my photos is “I never saw that before you told me about it.” I love to make connections among the tiny things of this world, like lichen, and the whole history of the cosmos. I think of community as a way of supporting and expanding that vision.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

I bring the ability to see the universe in a grain of sand, to paraphrase William Blake, to take pictures of it, to write about it, to celebrate it. I bring curiosity and enthusiasm, a good problem solving mind, and lots of energy. I bring love of this work and my ever-deepening place in it, and my love for the work that others are doing on the same journey.

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

2000

Originally inspired to do this work by:

 Miriam MacGillis, and through her Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker and many others.

Also inspired to do this work by:

 Wendell Berry, Larry and Jean Edwards, Drew Dellinger

Call this work:

Universe Story/New Story/Journey of the Universe, Cosmic Evolution

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Art, Agriculture, Religion/Spirituality, Ecology

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Via Joanna Macy, quoting John Seed: I try to remember that it’s not me, John Seed, trying to protect the rain forest. Rather, I am part of the rain forest protecting itself. I am that part of the rain forest recently emerged into human thinking.

Are you a teacher/professor?

No

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:

No

One line bio for display on the map and on your profile:

Betsey Crawford, nature photographer and writer, is exploring the world flower by flower, celebrating wildness, beauty, image making, and spirit on her website, The Soul of the Earth.

One website address for display on the map:

https://thesouloftheearth.com