Below are some of the articles that have been written about Dianna Henry’s work with the corn and reviews of the book, Whispering Ancestors: The Wisdom of Corn. If you would like more information or high resolution images for reviews or interviews please contact the publisher.
The following article appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Currents Magazine.
The Corn Whisperer
by Kathryn Lucariello
“The corn has been the easiest vegetable to hear for most people,” Dianna Snow Eagle Seeds Sing Henry told a group of women gathered recently, “but every plant can communicate. The seed holds a huge library that we don’t realize.”
They were gathered at the Women Be Wise conference at Fire Om Earth in Eureka Springs, where Dianna taught a workshop on accessing what she calls the “Seeds Sing Library.”
She has worked with native, heirloom varieties of corn for 30 years, accessing the library for information about its history and the food, medicinal and ceremonial uses of the people who carried and cultivated it.
The library is esoteric, accessed through prayerful meditation, most powerfully in groups of three or four people. (more…)
The following is an excerpt from a 2010 article which appeared in Blue Sky Green Earth, a Green magazine serving North Earth Kansas.
Dianna Henry has started a revolution. It is a small revolution. Only 40 or so people have joined in so far. But it may someday save our community, insure our food supply, and perhaps keep us all from going hungry.
A lifetime member of Seed Savers, Henry has been saving seed and promoting biological diversity through conventional plant breeding for more than 30 years. She has also been involved in the Midwest Seed Exchange, which includes farmers and gardeners from several Midwestern States.
But last year Henry had a worrying insight: Lawrence [KS] has a successful farmer’s market, but most of the farmers were not saving their own seed. Most local farmers order their seed each season from sources outside the state.
Why? If you take the trouble to grow organically, and have a plant that is successful in a particular location, why wouldn’t you want to propagate it for additional growing seasons in the same climate?