With a signature lyricism that once prompted New York Times writer to proclaim her the Rachel Carson of the south, Janisse 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 their seeds.
Ms. Ray tells her own story - watching her grandmother save squash seeds, her own first garden at the edge of a junkyard, about falling in love with heirloom and local varieties, and the one seed that got away from her - the Conch cowpea.
About the Author:
Janisse Ray is the author of five books of literary non-fiction and a collection of nature poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine. She is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.