Book Shop to host book signing with Seed Savers author Diane Ott Whealy Oct. 1

Sept. 21, 2011  

The Luther College Book Shop will host a book-signing session with Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Luther Book Shop.

Ott Whealy will visit and sign copies of her recently released book "Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver." The book is available for purchase in the Luther Book Shop for $25.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver" traces Ott Whealy's journey from Oregon to Kansas to Missouri then back home to Iowa where, in 1986, she helped develop Heritage Farm, Seed Saver's scenic 890-acre headquarters near Decorah that 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.

Ott Whealy serves as vice president of education for Seed Savers Exchange. For more than 35 years, Ott Whealy 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 nonprofit organization, Seed Savers Exchange has more than 9,000 members, made up of gardeners, orchardists, chefs and plant collectors, all 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.