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Janisse Ray

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is a seed-saver, seed-exchanger, and seed-banker, and has gardened for twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Pinhook and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book. Ray is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry, a Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, an American Book Award, the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters.

Photo: Raven Waters

    Janisse's Upcoming Events

    • Janisse Ray at Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay
      Connecting for Change Conference, New Bedford MA
      October 24, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay Conference in New Bedford, MA on October 24-26. More details to come...

    • Janisse Ray at South Georgia Growing Local and Sustainable Conference
      Tatnall Country High School , Reidsville Georgia 30453
      November 8, 2014, 9:00 am

      Janisse Ray will give the opening remarks at this year's South Georgia Growing Local & Sustainable Conference on November 8th. Cost to attend is $30 and scholarships are available.

    • Janisse Ray at Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference
      , Greenville SC
      November 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray with speak at the Carolina Farm Stewardship 28th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, to be held November 10-12 in Greenville, SC. More details to come.

    • Janisse Ray at NOFA NH Winter Conference
      NOFA NH Winter Conference, Concord NH
      January 31, 2015, 12:00 pm
    • Janisse Ray at Spencer Environmental Lecture Series
      Columbus Museum, Columbus GA
      March 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak as part of the Spencer Environmental Lecture Series at the Columbus Museum on March 5, 2015. The talk is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy Georgia.

    • Janisse Ray at Statesboro Area Garden Clubs
      First Baptist Church, Statesboro GA
      March 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak to the Statesboro Area Garden Clubs at the First Baptist Church on March 19. More details to come...

    Janisse's Books

    The Seed Underground

    A Growing Revolution to Save Food

    A journey to the front lines of food sovereignty and the quiet revolution to secure our food supply -- one seed at a time.


    Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land

    Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land is a meditation on our fragmented wilderness, the power of wild places, and the ways we can begin to repair the damage we've done to the land and to ourselves.


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