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What We Sow
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$35.00

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What We Sow: On the Personal, Ecological, and Cultural Significance of Seeds

Timber Press |  Releasing Sept 19 , 2023

 

A fascinating discourse on seeds, how we use and abuse them, and how to forge a more sustainable relationship

with the seeds we depend on.” 

Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Nature’s Best Hope

As we navigate the climate crisis, a sharp decline in biodiversity, financial uncertainty, and social unrest, we must reconsider what humans need most. One hope can be found in the humblest of forms—the seed. This tiny kernel can have an immense impact, providing us with community, family, clean water and air, and sufficient food. In WHAT WE SOW, author Jennifer Jewell reveals the power of seeds in our world "for food, for medicine, for utility, for the vast interconnected web we include in the concept of biodiversity and planetary health, for beauty, and for culture.”

 

Deeply insightful and thoroughly engaging, Jewell explores the natural history of seeds, the loopholes in the seed supply chain for growing “organic” plants, how agribusiness has patented genomes of staple foods like corn and soy, and the efforts of activists working to regain legal access to heirloom seeds that were stolen from Indigenous peoples and people of color. As Jewell marvels at the beautiful, wild seeds she encounters on her daily walks, she shows how, “to know and care for seeds ourselves [is] one of the most proactive steps we can take to rebuilding our human food systems, our social systems, and the global ecosystems of biodiversity on which we all depend.” In WHAT WE SOW, Jewell shares personal observations over the course of a year that begins at the autumn equinox, interviews prominent scientists and seed-savers, and proves how we must work hard to preserve our future by protecting the great natural diversity of seeds.

“What a wonderful, informative, useful book! A guidebook, a diary, a book of days, an almanac, a map, an encyclopedia, a corrective, and even a book of prayers…. Wisdom Jewell shares with deepest grace.

Camille T. Dungy, author of Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden

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{Shipping the week of May 17, 2021}

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$55.00

Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens From The Rockies to the Pacific Coast

Timber Press |  Released May 11, 2021

 

From desert sands to seaside oasis, gardens in the American West are on the frontier of garden design. Under Western Skies proves this, with profiles of some of the West’s most innovative gardens. Nature is a source of inspiration to the gardeners in this book, rather than something to be dominated, and Under Western Skies shows the deep connection that each gardener has to the place they garden.

Packed with Atkinson's stunning photographs and laced with Jewell's deep insights into the relationships between people and the landscapes they inhabit, Under Western Skies is a must-read for passionate gardeners who call the wild West ho
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The Earth In Her Hands
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$42.50

If you would like to order multiple signed copies, please email cultivatingplace@gmail.com with your request and you will receive a PayPal invoice with the details. 
ORDERS OF 5 or more: $31.50 each (+ship)
ORDERS OF 10 or more: $29.75 each (+ship)
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The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

Timber Press |  Released March 3, 2020

"In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place—introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up. Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; co-director of Soul Fire Farm, Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell’s portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world—and our lives." -Workman Publications

 

Focusing in a wholly unique way on how horticulture intersects with our every day world and on women whose work has enriched and expanded these intersections in the last 25 years, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants explores and celebrates how the plant world is improved by not only greater representation of women generally but also by diversity amongst those women. The work of these women illustrates how the many challenges of our world - environmental, economic, cultural/societal, individual - can and are being met through cultivating an interdependence with plants. 

 

These paradigm-shifting women range beautifully across race, ethnicity, socio-economic and religious backgrounds, sexual orientation, and age - in a way that transcends preconceived notions of what horticulture/gardening are and what plants people/gardeners look like. These women and their work have profoundly positive impacts on the larger world - aesthetically, environmentally, culturally, and economically - making them joyful and encouraging role models and inspirations for us all.

 

For a listing of all of our speaking engagements in conjunction with this book please visit our EVENTS page.  

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