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.
interest in gardening started much earlier, when as a small child,
he enjoyed spending time with his grandfather in his Rhode Island
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
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.
Introductions Offered by Victory Seeds:
Check out the new book from our good friend . . .
- by Craig LeHoullier
Savor 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.