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Craig LeHoullier Biography Page

A Brief Biography:

Craig LeHoullier (a chemist by training who received his PhD from Dartmouth College) developed a passion for growing heirloom tomatoes in 1986 while living in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

His interest in gardening started much earlier, when as a small child, he enjoyed spending time with his grandfather in his Rhode Island gardens.

He and his wife Susan had gardens from the time they were married in locations such as New Hampshire and Seattle. However by 1986, the year he joined the Seed Savers Exchange, he was becoming bored with the usual red tomatoes carried by most seed catalogs and garden centers. Joining SSE changed his gardening approach forever.

His collection now contains over 1000 heirloom tomato varieties, including many old commercial releases previously thought to be extinct.  In addition to collecting seeds, Craig also hunts for old seed catalogs which he uses to increase his knowledge of the history of tomato variety development in the U.S.  He is active in the SSE and known as "nctomatoman" on several tomato related gardening forums.

Along with his interest in researching and preserving old tomato varieties, Craig is also interested in working with "created and mystery heirlooms".  He has supplied the parent stock to the Victory Seed Company for many varieties including several unique releases.

Craig and his wife Susan annually raise and sell a wide variety of rare and unusual tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings each spring at the Raleigh (NC) Farmer's Market.

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Check out the new book from our good friend . . .

"Epic Tomatoes" - by Craig LeHoullier

Craig LeHoullier's Epic Tomatoes BookSavor your best tomato harvest ever! Dr. LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season.

He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout.


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