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Kentucky Heirloom Seeds

Growing, Eating, Saving

By Bill Best
With Dobree Adams, Afterword by Brook Elliott, Foreword by A. Gwynn Henderson
Saving seeds to plant for the next year's crop has been key to human survival for millennia. However, the twentieth century witnessed a grand takeover of seed production by multinational companies aiming to select varieties ideal for mechanical harvest, long-distance transportation, and long shelf life. With the rise of the Slow Food and farm-to-table movements in recent years, the farmers and home gardeners who have quietly persisted 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.

Kentucky Heirloom Seeds: Growing, Eating, Saving is an evocative exploration of the seed saver's art and the practice of sustainable agriculture. Bill Best and Dobree Adams begin by tracing the roots of the tradition in the state to a seven-hundred-year-old Native American farming village in north-central Kentucky. Best shares tips for planting and saving seeds for heirloom beans and tomatoes and describes his family's favorite varieties for the table. His incredible interviews with seed savers—predominately eastern Kentuckians, who for generations have worked tirelessly to preserve and share heirloom varieties to feed their families—vividly document the social relevance and historical significance of the rituals of sowing, cultivating, eating, saving, and sharing.

About the Authors

Bill Best, professor emeritus at Berea College, is a Madison County, Kentucky, farmer and one of the charter members of the Lexington Farmers' Market. Widely known as a saver, collector, and grower of heirloom beans and tomatoes, he is the author of Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia. He is the recipient of the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Private Individual Award, as well as the Inaugural Bill Best Award for Kentucky Food System Steward, created in his honor. Dobree Adams is primarily known in the region as a fiber artist and photographer. She gardens and farms on a river bottom of the Kentucky north of Frankfort.

Reviews

"In the expanding contemporary world of heirloom seed savers, Bill Best is already legend with over 700 varieties of discrete beans and hundreds of tomatoes stockpiled and catalogued at his farm outside of Berea, Kentucky. Best is distinguished not only for his collection of seeds, but for his keen interest in the stories that accompany them and his ability to weave those stories into the history of a people and a region, the Appalachian South. At a time of growing attention to and focus on American foodways as history, Best's book is a valuable resource that will be used across the discipline."—Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes and Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken

"Bill Best's language and tone of voice are elegant notes of calm discourse in a shrill world. Beneath the tackiness of American popular culture there is a depth of traditional culture that is invisible to the mass media. The book is a kind of seed itself, fecund, filled with life and potential."—Gurney Norman, author of Ancient Creek: A Folktale and Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories

"This book delves into how our ancestors saved seeds and gives tips on how you can save yours. Filled with interesting personal stories—from master gardeners to just home gardeners who saved seeds—it is an inspiring read."—Kentucky Monthly

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