This is Part 1 of The Conversationalist, an intimate webinar series built to inspire thought via conversating with the wild, provided by the Robinia Institute and Timshel Wildland.

Our vision in this series is to foster and nurture intensely deep and richly philosophical conversations around the co-creation of a much better world, together, in community, and in our places.

The title of this series, The Conversationalist, is taken from an Essay by Wendell Berry, wherein he says, “An agriculture using nature as its measure would approach the world in the manner of a conversationalist. It would not impose its vision and its demands upon a world that it conceives of as a stockpile of raw materials. …Now we must think of marriage.”

Conversations leading to the co-creation of a more beautiful world by stepping beyond nature as raw materials and by stepping into nature as a marriage.

This video is a conversation between Brandon Sheard (The Farmstead Meatsmith) and Daniel Firth Griffith of Robinia and Timshel. It is an intensely philosophical and pratically enriching conversation around human-scale meat processing with Brandon Sheard! Can we scale the regenerative movement by keeping it small? What does that even mean? What is the role of the human in natural systems that nourish all life? What does it mean for a life to noursh?