“Our seeds are disappearing. When seed varieties vanish from the marketplace they evaporate not only from collective memory, but also from the evolutionary story of the Earth.” So says author Janisse Ray, in the book trailer for her latest work of nonfiction, The Seed Underground.
Ray has been called the Rachel Carson of the South, loved for her eloquent and passionate essays and books about the natural environment.
Her latest book, The Seed Underground, takes her on a journey across the country to witness a small but growing revolution: people growing cherished, unique food plants, saving their seeds, sharing them, and helping to preserve the rich diversity of our food heritage along the way.
Recently The Atlanta Journal Constitution said,
“If a rally could be contained in the pages of a book, The Seed Underground is one, its language by turns incantatory, pleading, rabble-rousing, a challenge to rise to the occasion, to ‘man up or lie there and bleed.’
From the stirring call to reclaim our seeds — ‘developed by our ancestors, grown by them and by us, and collected for use by our citizenry’ — to their irresistible names, like Little White Lady pea, Speckled Cut Short Cornfield bean, Purple Blossom Brown-Striped Half-runner bean and Blue Java pea, Ray boldly seduces us into joining this critical and much-needed revolution.”
Janisse was featured on American Public Media’s radio show Marketplace, discussing the science and business of seeds. Listen here.
Catch a glimpse of the author’s home farm in her charming, brief book trailer for The Seed Underground: