We wanted to point you in the direction of activist, author, and poet Janisse Ray’s new book The Seed Underground. Ray’s most recent work focuses on perhaps one of the more overlooked and important aspects of food security, the seed.
The Seed Underground is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author’s own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. The Seed Underground pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.
Apparently Bill McKibben reaches for Janisse Ray’s books whenever he’s feeling a little blue about the state of things… if that’s not an endorsement, we don’t what is. You can check out Ray’s blog here or swing by Chelsea Green Publishing for a copy of the book.