March 15, 2023

Episode 7:

5 Questions w/ Melissa DeSa plus Weed Ramble: Plantain

Seed steward Melissa DeSa tell us about her tomato breeding program and Bevin rambles on about one of his favorite wild herbs.

Episode Guest

Episode Guest

Melissa DeSa

BIO: Melissa is a non-profit leader, seed steward, artist, educator, and ecologist living in Gainesville, Florida. She is co-founder of the non-profit Working Food and focuses on seeds: research, growing, saving, sharing and outreach. This work is interwoven with other collaborative community efforts that support differently abled adults, youth, farmers, and the general public. She has 10 years of experience in non-profit start up and management, community organizing, food systems, seed stewardship, gardening, farming, education, outreach, and youth programming. She manages a local seed collection with over 900 accessions and growing.

Melissa DeSa is a seed saver, artist and founder of the Florida nonprofit, Working Food. Today Melissa answers 5 questions and talks to use about some of her recent garden challenges and successes. She also tells about her latest tomato breeding project!

You can learn more about Melissa’s work at and follow along on Instagram at @workingfoognv

In the second half of the show, Bevin shares his love for one of his favorite wild herbs: plantain. This versatile plant is useful in the kitchen as well as in the apothecary. Tune in to learn more about how to utilize the healing powers of the common and abundant herbal ally.

Bevin also writes about plantain in his award-winning book, The Artisan Herbalist. If you’d like to get a copy, you can find it here: 

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