fledge |flej|

— (of a young bird) develop wing feathers that are large enough for flight.

— [ with obj. ] bring up (a young bird) until its wing feathers are developed enough for flight.


My name is Evan Hazelett. I’m a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before writing swept me off my feet, I worked in Boston at the national workforce development nonprofit, Year Up, and then moved to Berkeley to help grow the successful food waste startup, Imperfect produce.

Before that, in 2013, I graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in economics and environmental studies. There, I grew up alongside some of the most inspirational, thoughtful, creative people I’ve ever met. A plethora of projects emerged from the student body that passionately combined divergent interests and talents to reshape the world in transformative ways. The impact this culture had on me runs deep to my core.

I created The Fledging as a space for exploring pressing environmental issues, food systems, health, personal growth, philosophy, systems, creativity, and politics — all with a vigorous focus on extracting truth amidst the chaotic array of misinformation plastered across the internet.

I chose “fledging” because of what the word “fledge” represents. A curious word, “fledge” means, as you can see above, both to develop as a young bird as well as to actively raise a young bird. To fledge, then, is both to grow and to support. It is the perfect word for my blog, as I am committed to lifelong personal growth as well as support of those around me.

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂