seeds to plant for next year's crop has been key to survival around the
globe for millennia. However, the twentieth century witnessed a grand
takeover of seed producers by multinational companies aiming to select
varieties ideal for mechanical harvest, long-distance transportation,
and long shelf life.
|With the rise of the
Food and farm-to-table movements in recent years, the farmers and home
gardeners who have been quietly persisting in the age-old habit of
conserving heirloom plants are finally receiving credit for their vital
role in preserving both good taste and the world's rich food heritage.
Heirloom Seeds: Growing, Eating, Saving
is an evocative exploration of the seed saver's art and the practice of
Bill Best and Dobree
Adams begin by tracing
the roots of the tradition in the state to a 700-year-old Native
American farming village in north central Kentucky.
Best shares tips for
planting and growing beans and describes his family's favorite
varieties for the table. Featuring interviews with many people who have
worked to preserve heirloom varieties, this book vividly documents the
social relevance of the rituals of sowing, cultivating, eating, saving,