Author: Nicole Ciulla

Niki Ciulla is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she studies Environmental and Material Rhetorics along with Composition Pedagogy.

In the summer of 2018, I started a perennial pollinator garden in my backyard. Growing plants is a passion of mine, and it has become important to me to garden in a way that is good for me, my local community, and the global population. It became a part of my project to try to purchase as little as possible in the building of this garden. It should not cost a small fortune to grow food and beneficial plants in one’s yard. While searching for places to acquire plants, I discovered vibrant online connectivity surrounding gardening. There were city-wide groups,…

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