Do you have a green thumb? Perhaps you’re more of an activist, interested in preserving the integrity of heritage produce? Or, maybe you’re just looking for some guidance and optimism in an era that seems irrevocably scarred by environmental unrest and a lack of community spirit.activist, naturalist, farmer, and award-winning author Janisse Ray (The Seed Underground) will be giving the keynote address, “A Field Guide to Hope,” on Saturday, September 6 at 8pm at AB Tech, Asheville, NC. Her presentation offers wisdom and hope in an era marked by environmental turmoil and celebrates individuals and organizations, both large and small, who are reclaiming local, diverse food and creating more sustainable communities. Here are two other ways to connect with Janisse Ray at the conference: Full-Day Workshop: “Speaking of Nature—Place-Based Creative Writing” Friday, September 5, 9am-4pm The Pavilion at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC If you are a nature writer, garden blogger, or farmer with a love of literature, join Janisse Ray and other writers at this full day writing workshop. It offers the unique chance to hone your skills through writing prompts, nature-as-muse experiences, and journaling, all guided by Ray herself. Class: The Seed Underground Saturday, September 6, 2pm-3:30pm AB Tech, Main Campus, Asheville, NC In her award-winning book, The Seed Underground, Ray shares the inspiring stories of determined gardeners (herself included) who are striving to save increasingly rare heritage seeds from the threat of monoculture. Learn about this startling loss of seed diversity in modern agriculture, and the methods employed by those farmers who are looking to preserve delectable varieties like Old Time Tennessee muskmelon and Long Country Longhorn okra for future generations. The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food is on sale now for 50% off until September 7. Whatever your field of interest, be sure to catch Janisse Ray at the first annual Harvest Conference this September!