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Local newspaper discovers Tom | New World Seeds & Tubers

One of our customers posted this on Facebook:

Everett man obsessed with better tomatoes and potatoes

Wagner’s name is surprisingly little-known in the broader food-loving community. To those in the know, though, he’s a legend: On one random day’s check, the site where he sells his seeds (http://www.newworldcrops.com/wp/) was being browsed by a Dane living in Poland, by an American stockpiling his own end-of-the-world seed bank and by 100-plus others. And at age 65, Wagner hasn’t slowed down. “To me,” he says, “what I’m doing is like a preacher man who gets a calling and serves the Lord.”

I knew about the article but had not seen it; I don’t subscribe to the Seattle Times.

The Zebra’s fame spread in part due to Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, who listed it as one of her favorites. Wagner has other notables, says Goldman, like the elongated, zigzagged Casady’s Folly, or the globe-shaped Green Grape. But he’s never attempted to license them. Wagner doesn’t make a dime from sales of his varieties unless they’re ordered through his own tiny company, and other seed-growers have been able to work with them.

“He’s just been incredibly generous . . . allowing interested gardeners and amateurs to take these and run with them,” Goldman says. “I’m just truly grateful to him for leaving these in the public domain.”

So be sure to buy them from the source, and patronize his (this) website, so that he can afford to keep sharing them! Thanks!

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2 Responses to “Local newspaper discovers Tom”

  1. Hi Tom,
    Trying to get hold of you from good ole Mannville, Alberta, Canada….to let you know that lo and behold, even in this ungodly climate, I have blue tomato’s. Note: They have even survived the “hail season.”
    Katrina Loughlean

    • Thank you for sharing the good news, Katrina. We love hearing success stories with our seeds. Hope you have a great harvest this year!

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