publication date: Sep 1, 2008
George DeVault, an organic farmer and writer from Pennsylvania (and frequent GFM contributor) has been named President and Executive Director of the Seed Savers Exchange. He succeeds Kent Whealy, a co-founder and former Executive Director.
Seed Savers Exchange, or SSE, is a non-profit organization based in Decorah, Iowa whose mission is to safeguard the world's diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations by preserving heirloom plant varieties and educating the public about the value of agricultural diversity. Founded in 1975, Seed Savers Exchange operates an 890-acre certified organic farm known as Heritage Farm, with an annual budget of $2,500,000, where more than 25,000 rare fruit, vegetable, and plant varieties are regenerated and preserved in a central collection. SSE has a member base of approximately 7,500 worldwide.
DeVault and his wife, Melanie, will be moving to Iowa next month. Their son, Don, will take over the farm.