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Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver Hardcover – July 6, 2011
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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 13,000 members, made up of gardeners, orchardist, chefs and plant collectors, dedicated to the preservation and distribution of heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers and herbs. With thousands of varieties in its collection, Seed Savers is one of the largest non-governmental seed banks in the United States. In 1986 Diane helped to develop Heritage Farm, Seed Saver's scenic 890-acre headquarters near Decorah Iowa. Heritage Farm is a unique educational center designed to maintain and display collections of endangered food crops. Diane also founded the Flower and Herb Exchange where members offer over 2000 heirloom flowers and herbs for exchange each year. She is the author of Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver (2011).
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This is also the fascinating story of the Seed Savers Exchange and the great things that nonprofit organization achieves. Definitely check into their work and give them your support if possible.
I am a lifetime member and was sent this book free, BUT I was not asked for a review. I wanted to review this book because it is excellent!
The whole book tells of harmony and teamwork, mutual goals and unselfish lives. Absolutely stunned that their marriage didn't survive, my heart goes out to Diane. But there is no hint of it throughout the book until she writes that final chapter...written with the same unselfish grace that the rest of the book portrays. My eyes filled with tears, I can't imagine the loss after 33 years.
But so thankful for what the two of them accomplished in those years together. And the way things are going in our world, SSE was just in time! Can't wait to plant my SSE seeds in my new garden this year!
Seed Savers Exchange began when the Whealy's understood that many old seeds were becoming unavailable. They were determined to do something about it. The story progresses from the first days of a dream, with seeds all over their house, through the story of finding the Moon and Stars Watermelon that had been believed to be extinct, to the more modern company that Seed Savers Exchange has become.
I was saddened that their marriage didn't survive as long as their dream of saving seeds.