Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia

Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia

by Bill Best, Howard Sacks

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Overview

The Brown Goose, the White Case Knife, Ora’s Speckled Bean, Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter — these are just a few of the heirloom fruits and vegetables you’ll encounter in Bill Best’s remarkable history of seed saving and the people who preserve both unique flavors and the Appalachian culture associated with them. As one of the people at the forefront of seed saving and trading for over fifty years, Best has helped preserve numerous varieties of beans, tomatoes, corn, squashes, and other fruits and vegetables, along with the family stories and experiences that are a fundamental part of this world. While corporate agriculture privileges a few flavorless but hardy varieties of daily vegetables, seed savers have worked tirelessly to preserve genetic diversity and the flavors rooted in the Southern Appalachian Mountains — referred to by plant scientists as one of the vegetative wonders of the world.

Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste will introduce readers to the cultural traditions associated with seed saving, as well as the remarkable people who have used grafting practices and hand-by-hand trading to keep alive varieties that would otherwise have been lost. As local efforts to preserve heirloom seeds have become part of a growing national food movement, Appalachian seed savers play a crucial role in providing alternatives to large-scale agriculture and corporate food culture. Part flavor guide, part people’s history, Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste will introduce you to a world you’ve never known — or perhaps remind you of one you remember well from your childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821444627
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Bill Best was a professor, coach, and administrator at Berea College for forty years, retiring in 2002. Since that time he has continued his seed saving and work with sustainable agriculture and for several years has been director of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center located near Berea, Kentucky. The center makes heirloom seeds available to a wide regional audience and to the nation in general. In addition, through special arrangements, the center also ships seeds to many other countries.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword Dedication Preface An Introduction to Heritage and Heirloom Seed Saving Part One: Heritage and Heirloom Seeds Beans Tomatoes Apples Corn Candy Roasters Cucumbers Part Two: Seed Savers Seeds, Family, Community, and Traditions Keepers and Distributors of the Seeds For Further Reading Index

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