Join us on Tuesday, September 19th, 7pm when Northern California garden writer JENNIFER JEWELL reads from, discusses, and signs copies of her new book What We Sow: On the Personal, Ecological, and Cultural Significance of Seeds. Readers will find Jennifer's book to be an insightful, personal, and timely exploration into the wonderful world of seeds. (Jennifer's photo by John Whittlesey)
In What We Sow, Jennifer Jewell brings readers on a year-long journey exploring the outsize impact one of nature's smallest manifestations—the simple seed. She examines our skewed notions where "organic" seeds are grown and sourced, reveals how giant multinational agribusiness has refined and patented the genomes of seeds we rely on for staples like corn and soy, and highlights the efforts of activists working to regain legal access to heirloom seeds that were stolen from Indigenous peoples and people of color. Throughout, readers are invited to share Jewell's personal observations as she marvels at the glory of nature in her Northern California hometown. She admires at the wild seeds she encounters on her short daily walks and is amazed at the range of seed forms, from cups and saucers to vases, candelabras, ocean-going vessels, and airliners.
What We Sow is a tale of what we choose to see and what we haven't been taught to see, what we choose to seed and what we choose not to seed. It urgently proves that we must work hard to preserve and protect the great natural diversity of seed.
“A delightful blend of science and storytelling. With a single seed as her starting point, Jennifer Jewell takes us on a journey fueled by curiosity and wonder.” —Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants
JENNIFER JEWELL is the creator, writer and host of the award-winning podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. She is the author of The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Timber Press in 2020), winner of The Council on Botanical & Horticultural Libraries 2021 Award of Excellence in Biography, and co-creator with photographer Caitlin Atkinson of Under Western Skies, Visionary Gardens from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast (Timber Press, May 2021). She is an honored interviewer, writer, and a regular keynote speaker at national gardening conferences and events. Her greatest passion is elevating the way we think and talk about the culture of gardening.
THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on September 19th.
BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.
DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.
WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.
WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.
PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.
OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.