Philip Kauth is the interim seed bank manager at Seed Savers Exchange a nonprofit whose mission is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. As seed bank manager Philip is head of the Preservation Department charged with maintaining the vast collection of over 25,000 open-pollinated varieties. Philip joined Seed Savers Exchange in 2013 as the tissue culture lab manager and was assistant curator in charge of the evaluation program. Philip has a MS and PhD in horticultural sciences from the University of Florida.