Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver

gathering cover image Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver

by Diane Ott Whealy
Seed Savers Exchage, 2011
Harcover - 256 pages


Diane Ott Whealy is co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, a long-time leader in the heirloom seed movement and a fierce defender of the genetic integrity of our agricultural stock. This beautifully rendered volume intertwines the author’s own family roots and history with the roots of Heritage Farm and the Seed Saver’s Exchange and its hopeful ideology. She tells of the passion and perseverance of those with whom she has worked to bring her ideas and institutions to fruition. In a recent interview with Chelsea Green Publishing she related a bit of family lore regarding the “rooster step” – the slight, almost imperceptible increments of daylight as the Winter Solstice opens to the Summer Solstice – and how it is a metaphor for the growth of her movement. “The story of Seed Savers Exchange”, she says, “is analogous to rooster steps – small focused accomplishments over a lifetime, day after day, year after year, added together created the organization we have today.”