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"Black and brown people are integral to the story of food and farming in this country. Learn how including them in our gardens through seed saving, storytelling about seeds, the traditions they represent, the taste they evoke, and the people who created great varieties can be an everyday act of resistance." - Ira Wallace

Keynote Speaker:

Seed keeping:

An everyday act of resistance


Friday, September 23, 12:30 – 1:30

For dedicated community and home gardeners and food growers across the South, Ira Wallace needs no introduction.  As the guiding spirit behind Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, she’s been providing farmers and gardeners with high quality seed for heirloom okra, watermelon, beans, and greens for decades. She is the author of an invaluable garden guidebook, The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast.

Southern recounts that Wallace traveled the world, exploring organic agriculture, seed saving, and cooperative living. A member of Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia, where nearly 100 folks seek to live in ecological harmony while growing their own food, Wallace speaks from a unique perspective of deep visionary insight and down-to-earth practicality.


Get to know Ira better with this lovely interview by Jennifer Jewel in Cultivating Place

Visit Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for interesting seeds saved with love and knowledge.

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