2022 Slow Seed Summit: Author Readings - May 15

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HRN was proud to work with Slow Food USA as a media partner for the Slow Seed Summit, which took place on May 13 - May 15, 2022. For three days, hundreds of people from around the world gathered virtually to discuss the regeneration of our world’s foodways to advance good, clean and fair food for all. Each day focused on a new lens through which attendees listened, shared and planned the future of our climate, health and food justice.

We took a moment during this rousing Global Slow Seed Summit to pause, slow down and reflect with some people in our network who have done much reflection on the key theme of this summit: Regenerating our Climate, Health and Connection. Our featured authors have written about so many aspects of this theme, and today we put a special focus on Women, Seeds and Community. You'll hear from John Hausdoerffer, Kaylena Bray, Heather Swan, Anjanette Wilson, and Katherine Kassouf Cummings.

John Hausdoerffer is the editor of What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be? and Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations. His books “Catlin’s Lament“ and “Wildness“ ​imagine how environmental health must come from and result in the healing of deep histories of social injustice and cultural trauma.

Kaylena Bray (Haudenosaunee/Seneca) is Turtle Clan from the Seneca Nation of Indians whose work throughout the Americas has served to educate and strengthen vital links between Indigenous food systems, local economies, and climate change adaptation.

Heather Swan is the author of the poetry collection A Kinship with Ash (Terrapin Books), the chapbook The Edge of Damage (Parallel Press), and the creative nonfiction book Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field (Penn State Press), which won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.

Anjanette Wilson (she/hers) is a first-generation college student and first-generation Filipino American who found community in seed saving through traditional Filipino practices and currently serves as the Development Coordinator at Global Seed Savers where she works to aid the dismantling of systems of oppression by preserving the Filipino Culture through seed saving.

Katherine Kassouf Cummings is a Lebanese-American writer and editor born to and living on the ancestral homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires (Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa) as well as the Menominee, Miami, and Ho-Chunk nations. She co-edited the book What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be? (University of Chicago Press, 2021) and serves as Managing Editor at the Center for Humans and Nature, where she leads the Questions for a Resilient Future and the Editorial Fellows program.

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