Janisse Ray wrote the book on seed saving, and will talk about that at South Georgia Growing Local 2014:
From her book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food,
“If you haven’t heard what’s happening with seeds, let me tell you. They’re disappearing, about like every damn thing else…. But I’m not going to talk about anything that’s going to make us feel hopeless, or despairing, because there’s no despair in a seed.”
Her book bio, with picture by Raven Waters:
Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is a seed-saver, seed-exchanger, and seed-banker, and has gardened for twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Pinhook and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book. Ray is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry, a Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, an American Book Award, the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters.
Janisse is the author of many books, the first of which that may make no sense if you’re not from around here, but if you are, will be “More precious than handfuls of money:” Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (The World As Home), Reviews include:
Thinker Wendell Berry called the book “well done and deeply moving.” Anne Raver of The New York Times said of Janisse Ray, “The forests of the South find their Rachel Carson.”
Janisse Ray is a founding board member of Altamaha Riverkeeper, on the advisory board of Satilla Riverkeeper, a member of Seed Savers Exchange & Southern Seed Legacy, and one of the two co-founders of South Georgia Growing Local.
Come to SOGALO2014 and hear Janisse Ray talk about seed saving!