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January 4, 2023 17 mins

Jeff Quattrone tells us why he loves those jersey tomatoes and I share the story of Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter!

Today we’re sitting down with Jeff Quattrone to ask him 5 questions. Jeff is an artist and heirloom seed activist from New Jersey. His work has helped revive six varieties of New Jersey bred tomatoes that were once considered functionally extinct. Jeff talks about his seed revival work, his art and a new book project that he’s been working on!

I also share what’s growing here at Small House Farm. Even though its winter in Michigan right now, there’s plenty of gardening to be done! In this episode I offer some tips on how to care for our indoor plants- particularly rosemary, which is one of my favorite herbs!

We wrap the episode with the story of Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato, a classic heirloom variety from West Virginia. Not only is this a delicious tomato, but this story shows how tomato breeding is something accessible to everyone. We can all grow great tomatoes when we select and save seeds from our own gardens!

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