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Episode 3 | The Tomato Man's Mission: Bill Best and Saving Seeds

Episode 3 | The Tomato Man's Mission: Bill Best and Saving Seeds

Bill Best shows Story of My Life his bean field in late October 2016 as a part of a tour of his farm in Berea, Kentucky.

Bill Best shows Story of My Life his bean field in late October 2016 as a part of a tour of his farm in Berea, Kentucky.

Bill Best is known as the Tomato Man in parts of Eastern Kentucky. But he'll tell you he's more of an heirloom bean man. A prolific seed saver, Bill has more than 700 varieties of bean seeds; he's even brought a bean back from the brink of distinction. He's the author of Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste, and a founder of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center. Story of My Life met Bill on his farm to hear about heirloom vegetables, growing up rural, and his life on the land.

In this episode, you'll learn how to save tomato seeds from your garden.

PS: Bonus for Kentuckians--Bill's property includes the face of a mountain that Daniel and Squire Boone traveled around.

We were rural, and I thought that I was eating the best food on Earth—and the older I get, the more I realize that that was the case
— Bill Best, Episode 3

Extras

Read Bill's satirical piece, "Jack and the Beanstalk Revisited," here.

Want to know more about tomatoes and Bill's reputation for growing them? Watch this short documentary about him from the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Bill's forthcoming book is titled Kentucky Heirloom Seeds, Growing, Eating, Saving, and is historical in nature. It will be out in March 2017. We'll let you know here when it's available.

Episode 4 | The Art of Stability: Joe Vicars and Running

Episode 4 | The Art of Stability: Joe Vicars and Running

Episode 2 | Bob Maddox and His Musical Saw

Episode 2 | Bob Maddox and His Musical Saw