Virginia State University will host a presentation by Ira Wallace, Central Virginia master gardener and owner of the cooperative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The...

community---heirloom-author-at-VSUVirginia State University will host a presentation by Ira Wallace, Central Virginia master gardener and owner of the cooperative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The presentation, Family Heirloom Seeds: Saving Our Stories, Saving Biodiversity, will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 3:30 PM in the Engineering Auditorium.

Wallace coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts at Southern Exposure. She is also an organizer of the annual Heritage Harvest Festival in Monticello, and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, which offers regional-specific information for area gardeners.  Acorn Community, the home of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia, growing seeds, alliums, hay, and conducting variety trials for Southern Exposure.  Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

The program is one of several sustainability-focused campus programs offered by Virginia State University under the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) sponsored project entitledImagining Sustainable Environments: Place and Culture in the Global Community. For more information about the program or this project contact Dr. Maxine Sample, Project Director (msample@vsu.edu) or Dr. Merry L. Byrd, Project Co-Director (mbyrd@vsu.edu).