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Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds

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Scott Chaskey—working farmer, poet, and spiritual father of the community farming movement—considers "the web of biodiversity and resilience at the heart of our cultural inheritance" by masterfully weaving history, politics, botany, literature, mythology, and memoir into a beautiful and instructive book.

It's hard to think of a subject more fundamental to the sustenance of
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Rodale Books
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Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fabulous book on seed saving. Lyrical and informative
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book as a giveaway through the First-Reads program. It is always exciting to get a new book in the mail, but this time I got a treasure.

Scott Chaskey is a writer, poet, and farmer who runs the Peconic Land Trust's Quail Hill Farm in Amaganesett, New York. The farm is one of the oldest examples of Community Supported Agriculture in the nation and Chaskey has worked this land since the farm's establishment in 1990. As his previous work has clearly illustrated, he has a deep underst
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won my copy from Goodreads Giveaways!

This was a beautiful, thoughtful book on par with commentary of great works of literature but concerning garlic, wheat, and clover. The very idea of a book devoted to discussing seeds can cause some people to laugh and others to yawn, but they are too quick to dismiss what are essentially integral foundations of life on earth.

I immensely enjoyed Scott Chaskey's voice as he worked through thousands of years of evolution that present us with today's agricult
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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~A First Reads Review~

Seedtime is part-memoir, part-science lesson, and part-history lesson. Scott Chaskey not only spends a significant amount of recounting his own experiences as a farmer, but he also traces the history of crop plants from the evolution of angiosperms to GMOs to today's organic food movement.

Perhaps the most annoying thing about Chaskey's writing is that he has a tendency to talk slowly. He'll often interrupt the narrative he is trying to build in order to relate his own semi
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, this book is a complete study on seeds: their history and the science behind them, how humans have depended on and interacted with them, how they are in the middle of political debates, but most of all how they "hold promise" for all future life.

Told in a hopeful and poetic manner author, Scott Chaskey uses storytelling inter-weaved with factual evidence
to tell the incredible story of seeds on Earth. I enjoyed the first several chapters on the history of seeds and their in
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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Interesting. Some good informative bits; however, the author seemed to wander aimlessly in several chapters where the introduction of the topic didn't hold for the remainder of the chapter. But it did provide a few intriguing topics and titles worth future investigation.
Luke Reisdorf
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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It took a while for Scott Chaskey to catch his grove, but once found this book was immensely enjoyable. This well researched read takes one from the ancient begins of seed to the modern age of GMO’s.
S Holthaus
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Informational and entertaining.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully researched and written book about the nature, history, and human implications of seeds sown (snicker ;) wonderfully together.
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