About BGT

Beargrass Media LLC d.b.a Beargrass Thunder is a media company & native plant nursery 

based in the neighborhood of Smoketown - Louisville, KY. The company was founded in October of 2018 starting out as a podcast/YouTube channel, and eventually evolved into what it is today! We will always stay true to our goal of helping people connect with and improve their local environment and communities.

Who we are

Beargrass Thunder was founded by Louisville natives Jody Dahmer and Richard Stottman as well as Dr. Mariah Corso from PA.


Jody Dahmer



Hello & welcome! I am the President and co-founder of Beargrass Thunder. I help brainstorm content creation as well as conduct interviews and on-the-ground research & field work for promoting urban agriculture & cleaner air, water, and soil.


 I was born and raised between Louisville, KY & Cumberland County (Burkesville) all my life and I am so proud to be
Queer in the Commonwealth. 


Beargrass Thunder has been a way for me to help merge my interests in nature, advocacy and my skills as a mapmaker to help make this city better for all residents -- regardless of their ability to drive! I’m so proud of what we have accomplished in such a short time and look forward to partnering with more community groups to educate about “yardens”, transit, and two-way streets across the Commonwealth!

Dr. Mariah Corso



Hi! I’m Mariah! I am the treasurer of Beargrass Thunder and created the seed packet and nursery product lines we have today.


I love cats, sleeping, puzzles, and crime documentaries.  Politics and advocacy are two very important passions in my life and I’m thrilled I get to bring them to life every day with my work in Beargrass Thunder. I'm also from Pittsburgh.


I look forward to making videos and educating youth about the challenges and success they can have in their own “yarden” while pressuring politicians to make our changes legal and county-wide!


Richard Stottman



Greetings! I’m Richard, Director and co-founder of Beargrass Thunder. I’m in charge of the content we put out, and do a lot of the behind-the-scenes work for the company.

I was born & raised in Louisville (Hikes Point) and live in Smoketown with my fiancé, Nikole. I’m a music producer & audio engineer by trade, and have been making music and videos since I was a kid. In the little free time that I have, I enjoy longboarding, hiking, and playing video games as well as taking care of my pet bunny, rats, mice, and hamsters. I do identify as non-binary/ace, but you can use whatever pronouns you are most comfortable with when referring to me.


I love the work I do with my friends in Beargrass Thunder because it allows me to “learn as I go”, and I gain a unique perspective that allows me to help others learn along our paths. Protecting nature and wildlife is very important to me, so creating this type of content really speaks to my soul - as does watching my neighbors discover how to connect with their community as we all learn how to
make our world a better place.


Our work wouldn't be possible without our support team!



Hi, I'm Madison! I assist with social media management, the seedbank project, and generally work behind the scenes to keep projects on track! In my free time I make my own candles, I bake anything and everything sweet, and I love reading (yes, I do love a good found family trope, thanks for asking).


I am a life-long Louisvillian, and love the state of KY very much. I care deeply about ecology, native plant protection and implementation, urban agriculture, and helping people reconnect with themselves, their communities, and with nature.


Beargrass Thunder has cultivated a beautiful space for folks to learn about their city, transit, native plants, urban agriculture, and how to begin creating a kinder world. It is something I'm very proud to be a part of, and a way I feel I can help educate, foster community, and begin making small changes that can snowball into something that truly makes an impact. I look forward to building a better, queerer, kinder city with y'all!

Charles Rudd

BGT Intern


Hello, I'm Charles - video producer extraordinaire! I edit and produce videos for the Beargrass Thunder's Youtube and Patreon channels.  Growing up, I loved making fake movies with friends and family and have always loved filmmaking. In my free time I play with my cats, go for long walks, and spend too much time playing video games.


I love working for Beargrass Thunder because I feel as if I'm helping make my community better.
My goals for the future are to become a more prominent member of the Beargrass Thunder team
and create higher quality videos.

Administrative Assistant

Madison Portman