Don Tipping is a leader in the movement of saving seeds and protecting genetic biodiversity for generations to come. Don talks about why he does what he does, and he shares real stories and useful suggestions for those that want to contribute to supporting the resiliency of life.
Don is a bioregional seedsman and owner of Seven Seeds Farm in Southern Oregon. He is the founder of Siskiyou Seeds, a fairly unique organic seed company which for over 20 years has grown much of its own seeds specifically selected for the improvement of important traits such as disease resistance, pest tolerance, climate adaptation, as well as nutrition and taste. Don has also helped start up multiple cooperatives.
Reference: Protecting the Food Ark by Rural Advancement Foundation International is the cited article on seed biodiversity from the introduction.
Books Don mentioned in our conversation: Cowan, Eliot - Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants Stael von Holstein, Verena - Nature Spirits of the Trees: Interviews with Verena Stael von Holstein Navazio, John - The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production Jenkinson, Stephen - Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
Places & organizations Don mentioned in our conversation: Top Leaf Farms, Bay Area
School of Orphan Wisdom, British Columbia - Stephen Jenkinson
Open Source Seed Initiative: OSSeed.org
Public Patent Foundation, (PUBPAT)
People Don mentioned in our conversation: Rudolf Steiner Bill Mollison
Tom Ward aka: Tommy Hazel
Dr. John Navazio
Gary Paul Nabhan
Jim Myers | Department of Horticulture | Oregon State University
Michael R Mazourek | Horticulture Section | Cornell Horticulture
Irwin Goldman | Horticulture Department | University of Wisconsin