Voices of Upstream
By Upstream Initiative
Voices of UpstreamNov 22, 2023
In this episode, Andy talks to Katie Nyberg, the Executive Director of the Great River Passage Conservancy. On the banks of the Mississippi River, the two discuss the presence the river has in St. Paul, the beauty of a summer cabin trip and how stewardship can be empowered by community.
In this episode, Andy talked with Instagram influencer @shantastic.life about hiking in Minnesota. She delves into how to get outside as a beginning hiker, her outreach efforts to get women hiking and Leave No Trace.
Andy talks to Aaron Hebeisen, an avid hunter and member of Backcountry Hungers and Anglers.
Foiled by the rain, Andy speaks to Minnesota's very own travel influencer Expedition Kristen on Zoom about Minnesota's hidden gems, how travelers can care for natural places and her dog, Ole.
Andy joins the illustrious Kieran Folliard at his Northeast Minneapolis Food Building to talk about community, whiskey and sustainably sourcing the food we need to thrive.
Mini Episode: Carolyn Olsen
Andy joins Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Carolyn Olsen at Farm Fest to talk about agriculture, stewardship and organics, and what member organizations like Minnesota Farm Bureau is doing to share sustainable farming practices.
Dani & Margo
Andy finds a quiet part of Tamarack Nature Center to talk to Dani Prados and Margo Gray about their experience as Upstream Artist Fellows, and how they find inspiration for their creativity outdoors.
Edited by Ellie Lin.
Even on the coldest days, Lake Superior is something to behold. Andy sits down with Divya Maiya, Upstream Organizing Committee member and Executive Director of South Asian Arts and Theater House from Grand Marais to talk about how this ex-pat appreciates the season and how finding joy in winter helps her love our natural places. From flash mobs on frozen lakes to skiing in a sari, Divya shares how she loves to be outside, and how SAATH is making their events and gatherings sustainable.
From the Loppet Foundation’s groomed trails at Theo Wirth Park, Andy sits down with Lauren Young, Head of Growth for Future Card. They talk about moving back home to Minnesota from the coast, and raising kids that appreciate and care for our natural places. They talk about not letting perfect be the enemy of good when it comes to personal decisions about caring for our place, and how we can use our purchasing power to help influence entire markets. Lauren shares how Future Card is rewarding and incenting consumers for buying sustainable products from responsible companies.
In this “lost” episode from a sunny day in June, Andy strolls around Lakewood Cemetery with Caren Dewar, Director of the Regional Council of Mayors. They talked about the role of local governments in caring for our natural places, finding peace in green spaces in the city, and how Caren engages mayors in creating a common sense of place in shared spaces.
Andy talks to Jenna Ray about being a good relative to our mother earth and all of the people in Minnesota and how the noises of nature are the soundtrack to her kids upbringing.
During this interview, Jenna talked about sportsmen and sportswomen, and Jenna wants to acknowledge that there is a whole range of gender expression that may not be represented by these terms.
Pahoua Yang Hoffman
Andy talks with Ron Harris, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Minneapolis in Hanson Park. They talk about how family influences our use of outdoor spaces, the importance of nature to health and resilience, and the opportunity working across difference presents to people who want to care for our natural places.