Bill Best

Bill Best was a professor, coach, and administrator at Berea College for forty years, retiring in 2002. Since that time he has continued his seed saving and work with sustainable agriculture and for several years has been director of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center located near Berea, Kentucky. The center makes heirloom seeds available to a wide regional audience and to the nation in general. In addition, through special arrangements, the center also ships seeds to many other countries.

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Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste · Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia
By Bill Best · Foreword by Howard L. Sacks

The Brown Goose, the White Case Knife, Ora’s Speckled Bean, Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter — these are just a few of the heirloom fruits and vegetables you’ll encounter in Bill Best’s remarkable history of seed saving and the people who preserve both unique flavors and the Appalachian culture associated with them.

“In this simple paperback I've learned more about beans and their evolution at the hands of American farmers than anything else I've read over the past 35 years.”

Maureen Gilmer, “Yardsmart”, Charlotte Observer