Will Bonsall

Maine, USA

Will Bonsall, director of the Scatterseed Project, is best known for his work in preserving crop diversity. In the 1970’s he hiked across the U.S and Mexico, later returning to Maine to build an 85 acre homestead on Khadighar Farm.

A regular speaker on seed saving, organic farming and veganic farming, he was featured in the 2016 documentary SEED: The Untold Story about seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. 

In the early 1990s, he helped to found the Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa to preserve and share heirloom seeds. In 2014 he set up the Grassroots Seed Network and in 2020, The Portland Press Herald awarded Bonsall the Source Seed Saver award. 

His past occupations are as varied as his seed collection. These include draughtsman, prospector, hobo, gravedigger, logger, musician, language teacher, and artist.

In addition to farming and seed saving, Bonsall is an active author. His work includes Will Bonsall’s Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

Check out his Earthed course: Saving Seeds for a Better Future 

Will Bonsall

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