“Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told.”
― Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
Estancia, New Mexico, April 2016
“Let ’em dance,” says Greg Schoen. “That’s what you’re going to want to do with all of that squash in the collection.”
It’s a cold April Sunday morning at the seed temple in Estancia, New Mexico. I awoke an hour ago in an unheated Airstream to an inch of snow blanketing the arid…
Read Seed Money part I here.
My great great grandchildren / ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
- Drew Dellinger, Hieroglyphic Stairway
Agricultural biodiversity has shrunk an alarming degree over the last century, and what’s lost goes well beyond epicurean variety. What’s lost are microclimatically adapted varieties and, therefore, what’s lost is agricultural resilience, something we could use now more than ever as temperatures rise along with incidents of flood, drought, crop disease and pests.
In the middle of the last century, university-based plant…
“In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.”
— Vandana Shiva
Fort Collins, Colorado, January 1975
Dr. Donald William Denna scribbled notations on an envelope, dropped a few seeds inside and sealed it. He stood from his desk and winced at the familiar clutch of pain in his chest. Turning, he surveyed the large cabinet set against a perpendicular wall. Placing a finger beneath the cool brass lip of a drawer pull, he opened one of five dozen drawers and placed the envelope among several similar packets.
Squaring chair to desk, he clicked off the lamp and…