July 15, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

MSU Hospitality Learning Center

Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save Our Seeds and Stories

Join John Coykendall, Christina Melton and Vince Hayward for a screening and discussion of the film, “Deeply Rooted.”

For nearly four decades, John Coykendall’s passion has been preserving the farm heritage—the seeds and stories—of a small farming community in Louisiana. A Tennessee native, the 74-year-old horticultural genius is a true Renaissance man and a celebrity in a growing movement that places a premium on farm-to-table cuisine and locally sourced, organic, heirloom food and flavor.

Coykendall has become one of the nation’s most important seed savers as he locates, preserves and shares nearly extinct vegetable varieties that were once abundant in America and particularly in the South. While his work takes him around the world searching for seeds, beans and the cultural knowledge of how to grow them, what inspires him most is his annual pilgrimage to a small Louisiana community he stumbled upon 40 years ago.



  • John Coykendall
  • Christina Melton
  • Vince Hayward
  • Camellia Brand