About Saving our Seeds
This site is provided courtesy of Jeff McCormack, founder and previous owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Garden Medicinals and Culinaries, co-founder of Virginia Plant Savers, and founder and owner of McCormack's Botanicals.
In addition to his work on seed breeding, Jeff has published a number of articles on heirloom seeds, sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, and has edited several books on topics which include seed saving and culinary herbs. He has authored 7 organic seed production manuals for the USDA. He has a life-long interest in medicinal plants and ethnobotany.
Since 2008 he has been researching the pharmacology and oral histories associated with plant-based medicine in the Bahamas. His first book, Bush Medicine of the Bahamas, was the 2012 recipient of the Mary W. Klinger Book Award for outstanding book of the year in ethnobotany. He is currently writing writing a second book on the bush medicine and history of South Andros, Bahamas.
In December 2019, he began conducting ethnobotanical research in southern Peru which will result in a bilingual book (English/Spanish) about traditional healers and plant medicine. Over 100 medicinal plants and their combinations have been documented including photographs. Plant names will be in Spanish, Quechua, and in some instances English as well.
A fourth book in the planning stage will be about the history of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange including heirloom seed stories.
Saving Our Seeds is another venue for raising awareness of our threatened genetic resources, and an additional resource for providing information and knowledge tools for seed saving and seed conservation.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improving this site.
Thanks to the many people who make this work possible, and thank you for visiting!
Saving our Seeds, Charlottesville, VA 22911
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