Empire of Seeds

The Life and Dreams of Esiah Levy

Illustration of Esiah picking kernels off a corn cob and placing them into brown envelopes. A green cityscape unfolds behind.
Illustration of Esiah picking kernels off a corn cob and placing them into brown envelopes. A green cityscape unfolds behind.
Illustration: Sinae Park
An assortment of seeds on a wooden table: beans mottled in shades of burgundy, beige, white and black
An assortment of seeds on a wooden table: beans mottled in shades of burgundy, beige, white and black
Photo: Maria Bell
Esiah backlit in the evening light, stands in profile
Esiah backlit in the evening light, stands in profile
Photo: Maria Bell
Esiah’s hands gently planting a small seedling. The names of his children are tattooed across one hand.
Esiah’s hands gently planting a small seedling. The names of his children are tattooed across one hand.
Photo: Maria Bell
Photo: Maria Bell

Ruby is a food writer for Taste, The Guardian, ELLE, Eater and more. She is the author of Eat Up! and two recipe books, Crumb and Flavour.

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