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Cultivating Place: BEST OF The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library, Vivien Sansour

ivien Sansour, as photographed by Annie Novak, used courtesy of Vivien and the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library.

On Cultivating Place this week, as we revisit a Best Of conversation with Vivien Sansour, the heart, and head behind The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library aiming to revive and share forward Palestinian seed heritage and a culture of care and gratitude.

Vivien was born in Palestine and spent her early childhood in Bethlehem before she and her family immigrated to North Carolina when she was ten. 

She writes:

“The seed, the seed, the seed….for what is it but a continuation of ourselves? Aren’t we all seeds?"
– Vivien Sansour
Vivien with Heirloom Palestinian pumpkin - seeds for which are on offer soon from Hudson Valley Seed. Photo courtesy of Vivien Sansour.

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.