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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food

Story posted November 20, 2012

Event date(s): November 20, 2012 — March 31, 2013

Join a Book Discussion over lunch or dinner:

 Monday, March 25 Dinner, Mitchell South, Thorne, 5:30-7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26 Lunch, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 27 Dinner, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 5:30- 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 28th

10:00 am-11:00 am: Conversation about writing, ES Common Room, Adams Hall
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Homecooked lunch at the Outing Club
12:30 pm -2:00 pm: Shuttle and tours of Milkweed Farm, Brunswick (Shuttle or bike options)
6:30 pm: Dinner with Students and Faculty at Ladd House (limited seating, sign up)

Friday, March 29th

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lecture-The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food (Kresge Auditorium)
The lecture is open to the public free of charge

  • Book Sales and Signing in Kresge Lobby 

Janisse Ray is writer, naturalist and activist, and the author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.

In her most recent book The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, Ray writes about the renaissance of local food, farming, and place-based culinary traditions taking hold across the country and of something small, critically important, and profoundly at risk that is being overlooked in this local food resurgence: seeds. We are losing our seeds. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94 percent have been lost-forever. With a quiet urgency The Seed Underground reminds us that while our underlying health, food security, and sovereignty may be at stake as seeds disappear, so, too, are the stories, heritage, and history that passes between people as seeds are passed from hand to hand.

With a signature lyricism that once prompted a New York Times writer to proclaim her the Rachel Carson of the south, Ray brings us the inspiring stories of ordinary gardeners whose aim is to save time-honored open-pollinated varieties like Old Time Tennessee muskmelon and Long County Longhorn okra—varieties that will be lost if people don’t grow, save, and swap the seeds.

Copies of the book are available at Hatch Science Library and H & L Library, along with free electronic versions on library Kindles.