Howard L. Sacks

Howard L. Sacks is a professor of sociology and director of the Rural Life Center at Kenyon College.

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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




A clear and comprehensive introduction for those with little or no experience in planning or undertaking oral history projects.

“The co-authors of Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History have produced a first-rate primer that will meet the needs of individuals seeking a practical introduction to oral history.…The book is especially well tailored to individuals working in historical societies, archives, or community organizations seeking to organize an oral history project of almost any scope.…I suspect that Catching Stories will become a popular choice for historical societies and other community organizations interested in a solid, practical guide to oral history.”

The Public Historian