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1/15 Janisse Ray | UVLT Special Event


To celebrate 25 years of service & stewardship by Jeanie McIntyre, the UVLT Honorary Committee has planned a special day on Tuesday, January 15th, at Dowd's Country Inn in Lyme, NH.

The Afternoon Program runs from 4 to 5:30pm and features remarks by writer, naturalist, and activist, Janisse Ray. The cost of this program is $10 per person. Space is limited! RSVP to Lorie Hood at or 603-643-6626 by January 11th for seats at this afternoon program.

The Evening Program runs from 6:15 to 9pm and will include a reception, dinner, and benefit auction for the Jeanie McIntyre Conservation Capital Campaign. The cost of this program in $50 per person.


A natural history writer & photographer, Janisse Ray has published in magazines and literary journals such as Hope, Orion, and Talking River Review. For two years she was assistant editor of Florida Wildlife Magazine and is author of four books of literary nonfiction as well as a collection of nature poetry. Her stories and the hard information she shares are a powerful, beautiful, urgent call to action.

"There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings." At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options - including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: the seed.

The Seed Underground is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author's own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. The Seed Underground pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.

Janisse Ray grew up in a junkyard along U.S. Highway 1, hidden from Florida-bound vacationers by the hedge at the edge of the road and by hulks of old cars and stacks of blown-out tires. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood tells how a childhood spent in rural isolation and steeped in religious fundamentalism grew into a passion to save the almost vanished longleaf pine ecosystem that once covered the South. In language at once colloquial, elegiac, and informative, Ray redeems two Souths. "Suffused with the same history-haunted sense of loss that imprints so much of the South and its literature. What sets Ecology of a Cracker Childhood apart is the ambitious and arresting mission implied in its title. . . . Heartfelt and refreshing." - The New York Times Book Review.


Event date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Dowd's Country Inn
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603583060
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 6th, 2012


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Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571312471
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 28th, 2000

Janisse Ray grew up in a junkyard along U.S. Highway 1, hidden from Florida-bound vacationers by the hedge at the edge of the road and by hulks of old cars and stacks of blown-out tires.