Janisse Ray, Author to speak October 7
The Common Experience Project on Sustainability along with the Department of Geography and the Environmental Studies Program in the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs will sponsor author Janisse Ray to Ohio University October 7, 7 pm, Walter Hall, room 235 http://www.ohio.edu/athens/bldgs/walter.html There will be a discussion with the author as well as a book signing.
Janisse Ray will discuss her most recent book, The Seed Underground, A Growing Revolution to Save Seed.
The book details the agricultural movement across the country, a renaissance of local food, farming, and place-based culinary traditions that are taking hold. And yet something small, critically important, and profoundly at risk 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 signature lyricism that once prompted a New York Times writer to proclaim her the Rachel Carson of the south, Ray (Ecology of a Cracker Childhood) 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.
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.
Published: Oct 4, 2013