Saving Our Seeds: The Practice & Philosophy
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About the Author
Bevin (Ben) Cohen is a writer, poet, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer. He lives and works at Small House Farm with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Elijah and Anakin, on their family homestead in Sanford, Michigan. The Cohen family grows seed crops, herbs and flowers and keep a small flock of laying hens. Bevin is also the founder of MI Seed Library, a community seed sharing initiative that has worked closely with a number of communities to help establish seed library programs across his home state and beyond. He spends his time outside of his gardens offering workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs and locally grown food. Bevin finds himself at home wherever his hands are in the soil, sowing the seeds of yesterday to reap the bountiful harvest of tomorrow.
"Bevin is a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm, and one day, he will be the elder that young seed savers seek out to hear his stories."
- NAN FISHER, founder Taos Seed Exchange
"Bevin's enthusiasm for seed saving and the power of seed sovereignty rings through in all of his work. He brings forth practical stories of seed saving triumphs that every grower can enjoy. His education and outreach through seed saving plays a critical role in changing our future to a more sustainable one."
- Brijette PeÑa, owner San Diego Seed Company
"Every once in a while a soul is born who is unique among the masses. Bevin is one of those souls; a naturalist, an herbalist, a storyteller and a keeper of the seed. His passion is infectious, his knowledge is enviable and his ability to connect the dots between growing and saving your own seed seems as natural and necessary as breathing."
- Karen Golden, owner Michigan Heirlooms