Hi—I’m Emily Toner.
I am a soil geographer, writer, multimedia producer and community builder motivated by the question: how does soil shape culture and in turn how are communities impacting soil?
In my 2018-2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, I am in Ireland researching and blogging about how bogs have shaped Irish culture and how Irish people are impacting their bogs.
Prior to submerging myself in Irish bogs, I was an urban agriculture educator for Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Urban food production is a great topic around which to explore how people and soil influence a community. In addition to better understanding urban soil, I often found myself engaging with issues around social and racial inequity and learning how deeply rooted it can be.
In my graduate work at University of Wisconsin - Madison, when I studied Japanese American internment camp gardening during World War II, I saw how gardens worked to transform social perceptions from discrimination to admiration.
If you'd like to learn more about my work or get in touch, please come on in.