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: Sinae Park

Illustration: Sinae Park
Photos: Maria Bell
Words: Ruby Tandoh

he seeds would arrive in envelopes, their names scrawled in ballpoint pen across the back. ‘Giant Hubbard,’ read one packet, the seeds for the heavy, dense-fleshed squash landing in Wiltshire in England’s rural south-west. A package of…