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Or Mendel's breeding experiments that yielded our modern understanding of genetics; he also introduces us to several bioneers such as the geobotanist Nikolay Vavilov and agriculturalist Cary Fowler who are preserving global biodiversity through seeds Integrating scholarship with accessible storytelling Seedtime is a celebration as well as a call to action urging us to renew our role as citizens of nature in ecologist Aldo Leopold's phrase not as conuerors of it. 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 On Tidy Endings genetics; he also introduces us to several bioneers such as the Flat World Navigation geobotanist Nikolay Vavilov and agriculturalist Cary Fowler who are preserving A House of My Own Stories from My Life global biodiversity through seeds Integrating scholarship with accessible storytelling Seedtime is a celebration as well as a call to action urging us to renew our role as citizens of nature in ecologist Aldo Leopold's phrase not as conuerors of it. It took a while for Scott Chaskey to catch his Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, 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

SUMMARY Seedtime

Seedtime

With the core myths of ancient cultures and the development of human consciousness Their story remains vitally important today as the corporations that manufacture GMOs threaten our food security and the future of seed cultivated agricultureThe stakes for those concerned with preserving biodiversity and ecological integrity are highBalancing a wide view of politics and history Chaskey alights from life on the farm he has cultivated for 25 years to conjure Greg. 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 treasureScott Chaskey is a writer poet and farmer who runs the Peconic Land Trust s uail 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 understanding of the land and the plants growing there He also has a poet s heart and love for words as well as a broad and deep education in history and literature With amazing fluidity he combines science memoir poetry history and philosophy into a complex and coherent whole Reading his work is challenging and enrapturing at onceIn Seedtime Mr Chaskey turns his considerable insight and talent to the unlikely subject of seeds From the beginning however he makes it clear that even the smallest seeds play a vital role in our lives and in the future we build The introductory chapter lays out the basic facts that the diversity of seeds available for food crops has declined catastrophically in the last century and the resulting loss of diversity puts our entire food production capability at risk In this chapter Chaskey also entices the reader with his ability to turn a phrase that embodies perfectly his Romantic attachment to the land plants and animals amongst which he works His gift for imagery and awareness of the resonance of words in the ear and their feel on the tongue makes reading his work a sensual pleasure as well as an intellectual enrichment This connection between the artistic and the practical between the spiritual and the earthly lies very much at the heart of the story Chaskey tells and in which he invites our participationSubseuent chapters cover the evolution of angiosperm seeds the kind from which most of our food grows the history of seed saving and the causes and effects of seed company monopolies and the privatizing and patenting of seeds in the twentieth century Chaskey is at his best when he is telling stories His account of the work of Nikolai Vavilov proves both educational and touching The purely didactic sections of the book the chapter on seed evolution and the long central chapter on hybrids GMOs and the erosion of diversity lack the charm and warmth of other parts of the book and yet they are never boring Of particular note unlike others of an activist bent Chaskey maintains a moderate and reasonable tone throughout The final chapters of the book return to the farm and the plants Chaskey loves and bring his case full circle As he describes the history of the humble potato for example he also illustrates the points made earlier about the need for diversity and a shared cultural story that values stewardship of the land above exploitation In these chapters stories from Chaskey s life blend seamlessly with the poetry of his language the passion of his politics and the natural history of his chosen subjects The reader comes away from the book inspired and optimistic even in the face of the daunting situation Chaskey reveals Finally a note about the physical book itself Rarely does a book so aptly embody the message it carries Inside each chapter is graced with a detailed and beautiful illustration of a plant drawn by Chaskey s adult son Besides adding a visual boon to the book these illustrations exemplify the sense of community and enduring cultural value Chaskey describes The book s cover bears the image of a milkweed seed suspended and apparently adrift on its fluffy sails No better analogy could apply for Chaskey s book a self contained world of energy and nourishment just waiting to alight in the right hands where its contents will sprout and bring forth actions to nourish future generations Flat World Navigation giveaway through the First Reads program It is always exciting to A House of My Own Stories from My Life get a new book in the mail but this time I Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, got a treasureScott Chaskey is a writer poet and farmer who runs the Peconic Land Trust s uail 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 understanding of the land and the plants El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro growing there He also has a poet s heart and love for words as well as a broad and deep education in history and literature With amazing fluidity he combines science memoir poetry history and philosophy into a complex and coherent whole Reading his work is challenging and enrapturing at onceIn Seedtime Mr Chaskey turns his considerable insight and talent to the unlikely subject of seeds From the beginning however he makes it clear that even the smallest seeds play a vital role in our lives and in the future we build The introductory chapter lays out the basic facts that the diversity of seeds available for food crops has declined catastrophically in the last century and the resulting loss of diversity puts our entire food production capability at risk In this chapter Chaskey also entices the reader with his ability to turn a phrase that embodies perfectly his Romantic attachment to the land plants and animals amongst which he works His Fragonard Art and Eroticism gift for imagery and awareness of the resonance of words in the ear and their feel on the tongue makes reading his work a sensual pleasure as well as an intellectual enrichment This connection between the artistic and the practical between the spiritual and the earthly lies very much at the heart of the story Chaskey tells and in which he invites our participationSubseuent chapters cover the evolution of angiosperm seeds the kind from which most of our food The Monarchs Are Missing graced with a detailed and beautiful illustration of a plant drawn by Chaskey s adult son Besides adding a visual boon to the book these illustrations exemplify the sense of community and enduring cultural value Chaskey describes The book s cover bears the image of a milkweed seed suspended and apparently adrift on its fluffy sails No better analogy could apply for Chaskey s book a self contained world of energy and nourishment just waiting to alight in the right hands where its contents will sprout and bring forth actions to nourish future

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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 bookIt's hard to think of a subject fundamental to the sustenance of the human race than seeds Having coevolved with the Earth's plants insects and animals seeds are entwined. I read this book because Mann Library at Cornell University was running a super sweet Valentine s Day promotion where they matched you up with a blind date book in their collection and this book was my blind date As I started to read the book I was skeptical but as I reached the middle of the book I really started to enjoy the waxing on about seeds their remarkable and varied features and their importance to us and to biodiversity in general Chaskey would meander through themes in an unpredictable manner which grew on me as I progressed One of the most profound things that I realized through reading this book is that for millions of years no soil existed on the earth Just a simple fact that is pretty profoundIt was a nice diversion to read this especially as spring as coming on and we re getting ready to plant our garden for the first time in a few years This year I had a much deeper appreciation of each seed that I started indoors and the peas that we ve put into the ground so far


10 thoughts on “Seedtime

  1. says:

    I read this book because Mann Library at Cornell University was running a super sweet Valentine's Day promotion where they matched you up with a blind date book in their collection and this book was my blind date A

  2. says:

    My reaction towards this books so depends on my mood First time learning about Nikolai Vavilov and am currently growing Moskvich tomatoes which was developed from a Russian Institute named after him For a couple of years I've been growingsaving seeds from sunflowers and that is a fantastic labor of love I go through 20 lb bags of sunflower seeds rather uickly feeding the birds and suirrels and wonder that if they grow and flower will that p

  3. says:

    Fabulous book on seed saving Lyrical and informative

  4. says:

    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 tim

  5. says:

    I won my copy from Goodreads GiveawaysThis 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 uick to dismiss what are essentially integral foundations of life on earth I immensely enjoyed Scott Chaskey's voice as he worked through

  6. says:

    A First Reads ReviewSeedtime 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 interrup

  7. says:

    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 lifeTold in a hopeful and poetic manner author Scott Chaskey uses storytelli

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    Top 5 Science and Nature PLA

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