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Daughter of Iowa farmers, Missouri homesteader, and mother of five, Diane Ott Whealy never anticipated that one day she would become a leader in a grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biodiversity. The love for the land and the respect for heirloom seeds that Diane shared with her husband, Kent Whealy, led to their starting Seed Savers Exchange in 1975.Seed Savers Exchange, the nation's premier nonprofit seed-saving organization, began humbly as a simple exchange of seeds among passionate gardeners who sought to preserve the rich gardening heritage their ancestors had brought to this country. Seeds that Ott Whealy herself inherited from her paternal grandparents were the impetus for the formation of Seed Savers Exchange, whose membership has grown from a small coterie to more than thirteen thousand. Its influence has been felt in gardens across America.Ott Whealy's down-to-earth narrative traces her fascinating journey from Oregon to Kansas to Missouri then back home to Iowa where, in 1986, Heritage Farm became the permanent home of Seed Savers Exchange. Her heartwarming story captures what is best in the American spirit: the ability to dream and, through hard work and perseverance, inspire others to contribute their efforts to a cause. Thus was created one of the nation's most admired nonprofits in the field of genetic preservation.

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Diane Ott Whealy is the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange and presently serves as Vice President of Education. For more than 35 years, Diane has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth's rare genetic food stocks.Founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization, Seed Savers Exchange has more than 13,000 members, made up of gardeners, orchardist, chefs and plant collectors, dedicated to the preservation and distribution of heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers and herbs. With thousands of varieties in its collection, Seed Savers is one of the largest non-governmental seed banks in the United States.In 1986 Diane helped to develop Heritage Farm, Seed Saver's scenic 890-acre headquarters near Decorah Iowa. Heritage Farm is a unique educational center designed to maintain and display collections of endangered food crops. Diane also founded the Flower and Herb Exchange where members offer over 2000 heirloom flowers and herbs for exchange each year.

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marathongirl, December 1, 2012 (view all comments by marathongirl)
I'm a huge fan of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) in Decorah, Iowa. They have insured that thousands of varieties of flowers, vegetables, fruits and now, heritage farm animals, do not go extinct. They are a remarkable organization and a real treat to visit if you ever get a chance. The author of this memoir is one of the founders of SSE and she chronicles the decades long journey of the organization. I enjoyed learning more about this beloved non-profit that is safe guarding the genetic diversity of so much of our food supply.
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solakinnc, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by solakinnc)
Well written, Gathering draws you in and makes you feel like you were there, in the fields, kitchens, and gardens, witnessing the birth and growth of Seed Savers Exchange. I highly recommend it for ANY gardener who is concerned about the history of the seeds and plants they grow, the importance of their future, and the possibilities of what could happen if seed sources aren't protected for future generations.
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Diane Ott Whealy
Biography - General
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