Melons, Squash, and Cash



That’s NPR’s headline, not mine.  My husband switched the radio on yesterday morning just in time for me to hear this story about Amy Goldman, who as I’m sure you know is an author, artist, and heirloom seed advocate.   We’ve written about her incredible bronze casts of heirloom vegetables here, and a squabble over seeds here, and her recent nuptials to a person involved in said squabbles here.  You may also know her beautiful books The Heirloom Tomato and The Compleat Squash.  And New York gardeners know that her family has supported botanical gardens–including NYBG and BBG.

And now she’s on NPR for contributing to left-leaning superPACs, as part of a series profiling people who do such things.  So–well–I’m glad to hear that heirloom vegetable gardeners are getting heard in the political process, somewhere, somehow.

If any other squash or tomato-related news arises during the campaign, you can be sure we’ll stay on top of it!


  1. I just wrote a piece yesterday on Gourds. Our Botanical Gardens here in Göteborg has a theme this year called “Ökenliv” (Desert Life) and it celebrates the abundant life and growth that occurs in the deserts around the globe. But they had an interesting display of a long hooped Arbor of sorts with all manner of gourds grwoing and being trained to the other side. It is beautiful as the pics I took and wrote about attest.

    But what amazed me more is that I unfortunately have never been able and very few folks here have to grow such seemingly warm weather loving plants. My location has alot of trees and very few sunlight hours. This Botanical Garden location is in full sun with little shade so the success was onvious. This summer has been a natural disaster as far as gardening here. It’s been mostly coll and constantly rainy. From spring onwards we’ve had little or no fruits on trees or shrubs either in the garden or the wilds of nature. This is incredible because for the past 7 years of my living here, production of fruiting plants like Gooseberry, Currants, Blueberries, Cheery and Apple trees has always been an overflow. But zero this year.

    Keep us up today on heirlooms. Bill Gates and Monsanto along with other giants like Syrgenta and so forth are invested in this giant Hierloom Seed Vault in northern extremes of Norway. We don’t need them in charge of Hierlooms, we need the average gardener to take control of that end.

    Thanks for the informative post. I hope the politics can stay out of it. That is what has gotten our natural world in trouble in the first place.

  2. I wish gardens weren’t becoming political, the way it does seem to be going. I preferred it when my gardens and their related chores were an escape, a return to something more elemental: the smell of loamy earth, bird song, ripening vegetables, peace.

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