Genuinely heirloom seeds were passed down through generations. They have stories to tell and these, like the seeds themselves, are in danger of being lost.
Just like rare wild plants and animals, food crops can disappear forever. A network of volunteer growers across the country are working to save little-known edible plants from extinction.
Thanks to the dedication of a few individuals who spent almost every waking moment devoted to saving our agricultural heritage by saving seeds, the tragic loss of that diversity is being mitigated. Gathering, Memoir of a Seed Saver, is the autobiography of Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange. It is the story of her life and commitment to saving the seeds of literally thousands of unique edible plants, to ensure that they and their stories would not disappear forever.