Organic lunch and conversation with TC Professor Emerita Joan Dye Gussow (Ed.D. -'75, M.Ed. '74, Nutrition Education) and heirloom seed expert Amy Goldman (MA '78, Developmental Psychology; and Ph. D., '84, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University). Take a walk in Joan's garden, too.
In early June, TC Today sat down with Gussow, hailed by The New York Times as "matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement,” and Goldman, renowned author of The Heirloom Tomato: Garden to Table, who has been described as "perhaps the world's premier vegetable gardener" by the President of the New York Botanical Garden. (Goldman was also the focus of a recent Times “Vows” feature for her wedding, held atop the Arsenal in Central Park, to Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.) Topics of conversation ranged from benevolent soil fungi to biodiversity and the future of the planet. The setting was Gussow’s garden on the banks of the Hudson River, an hour north of New York City.
Q: Why is seed conservation so important?
Amy: I’ve been growing vegetables since I was a teenager. In 1990, after reading, Shattering: Food, Politics and the Loss of Genetic Diversity, by Cary Fowler and Pat Mooney, I became a card-carrying seed saver, collector, and advocate for agricultural biodiversity.
Joan: I still use the table on seed loss from that book.