Monday, April 22, 2013 - 5:30pm
"There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings. "At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options- including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: 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.

Janisse Ray will conduct a lecture, Growing a Wilder Planet, April 22, 7 p.m., at the Overby Center Auditorium—presented by the UM Environmental Studies Film and Lecture Series.

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is a seed-saver, seed-exchanger, and seed-banker, and has gardened for 25 years. The former Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi is the author of several books included Pinhook, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, and her latest, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food.
Event address: 
160 Courthouse Sq
38655-3914 Oxford
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food By Janisse Ray Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603583060
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 6th, 2012