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ISBN: 9780615457741
Year Added to Catalog: 2011
Book Format: Hardcover
Book Art: 4-Color
Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 9 1/4
Number of Pages: 256
Book Publisher: Seed Savers Exchange
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Web Product ID: 653

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Memoir of a Seed Saver

by Diane Ott Whealy

Daughter of Iowa farmers, Missouri homesteader, and mother of five, Diane Ott Whealy never anticipated that one day she would become a leader in a grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biodiversity.  The love for the land and the respect for heirloom seeds that Diane shared with her husband, Kent Whealy, led to their starting Seed Savers Exchange in 1975.

Seed Savers Exchange, the nation’s premier nonprofit seed-saving organization, began humbly as a simple exchange of seeds among passionate gardeners who sought to preserve the rich gardening heritage their ancestors had brought to this country.  Seeds that Ott Whealy herself inherited from her paternal grandparents were the impetus for the formation of Seed Savers Exchange, whose membership has grown from a small coterie to more than thirteen thousand.  Its influence has been felt in gardens across America. 

Ott Whealy’s down-to-earth narrative traces her fascinating journey from Oregon to Kansas to Missouri then back home to Iowa where, in 1986, Heritage Farm became the permanent home of Seed Savers Exchange.  Her heartwarming story captures what is best in the American spirit:  the ability to dream and, through hard work and perseverance, inspire others to contribute their efforts to a cause.  Thus was created one of the nation’s most admired nonprofits in the field of genetic preservation.


About the Author

Diane Ott Whealy

Diane Ott Whealy is the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange and presently serves as Vice President of Education. For more than 35 years, Diane has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth’s rare genetic food stocks.

Founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization, Seed Savers Exchange has more than 9,000 members, made up of gardeners, orchardist, chefs and plant collectors, all dedicated to the preservation and distribution of heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers and herbs. With thousands of varieties in ...

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