Reading to accompany different element of the Seeding the Commons programme

Into the Wind with the Seeds


Back Garden Seed Saving
Sue Stickland

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
John Navazio

Seed to Seed
by Suzanne Ashworth


Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols

The Seed Keeper
Diane Wilson


Garden Notebook
Beth Chatto

Modern Nature
Derek Jarman

Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver
Diane Ott Whealy


The Cabaret of Plants
Richard Mabey

First the Seed
Jack R. Kloppenburg

The Carrier Bag of Fiction
Ursula Le Guin

The Mushroom at the End of the World
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Sacred Seeds (New World Plants in Early Modern English Literature)
Edward McLean Test

The Globalization of Wheat: A Critical History of the Green Revolution
By Marci Baranski

Monocultures, Monopolies, Myths and the Masculinization of Agriculture
Vandana Shiva

The Origin of Cultivation and Proto-Weeds, Long Before Neolithic Farming
Ainit Snir, Dani Nadel, Iris Groman-Yaroslavski, Yoel Melamed, Marcelo Sternberg, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Ehud Weiss 

Recommendations from the Seed Sovereignty team

The Hidden Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben

Climate Justice
Mary Robinson

Healthy Crops: A New Agricultural Revolution
Francis Chaboussou

Arctic Dreams
Barry Lopez

The Living Mountain
Nan Shepherd

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
Robert MacFarlane

The Overstory
Richard Powers

English Pastoral
James Rebanks

WEBSITES – the Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty programme – a project by Custom Food Lab


The Bio-Cultural Living Archive by Cocina CoLaboratorio

Entangled Roots

List Compiled by Francine Hajilou

To the Sea

This week’s reading looked closely at identity, belonging, and connection with the natural world as an act of healing, reclamation and self-love. 

At The Water’s Edge
an essay/life writing by Louisa Adjoa Parker.

From ‘swims’ (an extract)
by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

I Belong Here
by Anita Sehti (Google Books preview prologue only pages 9-19)

Video: Interview with Anita Sehti.

(Watch from 8:24 to hear the author reading the prologue from her book, I Belong Here)

To the Hills

The reading for this walk came from The Willow Herb Review‘a digital platform to celebrate and bolster nature writing by emerging and established writers of colour’. The selected texts focus on themes of place and home.

Rotten Perfection
by Prasanthi Ram

Goodbye House
by Samantha Cheh

Finding a Way Out: Lost in East Gippsland
by Christina Ng

To the Garden

This week’s reading included reportage and an extract from memoir. Focusing on growing food as a radical and healing act that connects us to ancestral knowledge, Black and POC led community food initiatives, and politics around indigenous foods. 

Unearthed: On Race and Roots and How The Soil Taught Me I Belong
by Claire Ratinon. (Google Books preview, intro only)

Various articles from Gal-Dem:

Stuffed: the fight to decolonise Indigenous foods

Stuffed: how Sinead Browne is redistributing surplus restaurant food while eliminating waste

Nature is healing: how radical gardening offers a future free from land exploitation

Short Film

Masai Woman Builds Beautiful Off-Grid Homestead