Sustainable Growing, Heirloom Seeds, and Protecting Our Pollinators

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Thursday, July, 24, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

University Center


Janisse Ray headshotAward-winning author, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray will give a talk in Chattanooga Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Ray will be speaking on heirloom seeds, agrodiversity, and the future of food.

She is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including her first, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood.

The work is a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of south Georgia, and takes a hard look at family, mental illness, poverty and fundamentalism. The author advocates for the protection and restoration of the pine flatwoods of the South.

In calling Ray’s book “ambitious and arresting,” The New York Times reviewer said, “The forests of the South find their Rachel Carson.” The book earned Ray the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, an American Book Award, the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.  In 2002, the Georgia Center for the Book named it a book all Georgians should read.

Ray’s second book, “Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home,” describes what happens when she returns to the land of her childhood. Her third book, “Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land,” tells the story of the 750,000-acre wildland corridor between south Georgia and north Florida. Drifting Into Darien is the story of the Altamaha River. Her latest, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, is a look at heirloom seeds and the future of food. In addition, Ray has published a book of poetry.

In addition to her books, Ray writes poetry and fiction, and her essays have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Audubon, The Washington Post, Sierra and Oprah magazines.

The author lectures widely on nature, community, organic agriculture, native plants and sustainability.

Ray holds an master of fine arts degree from the University of Montana, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine in 2007. She has been in residence at Coastal Carolina University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Keene State College, and Green Mountain College. She was the John and Renee Grisham writer-in-residence for the 2003-04 academic year at the University of Mississippi.  Currently she is the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana.

She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on an organic farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters and their daughter.

There is a bank of seeds within you. Let them grow.

The cost for this program is $5 for Wild Ones members and $15 for non-members.  Online registration is closed at this point and we will take registrations at the door.

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  1. dana

    keep me informed as this event draws near I have a caravan of interested parties that will want to attend thanks for the invite, Sincerely Dana Redfield

    • sallywencel

      Please let us know who else we should know about this great opportunity to hear from an important advocate.


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