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.
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 pass between people as seeds are passed from hand to hand and garden to
About the Author:
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.