Gifted storyteller, seed enthusiast, and longtime Seed Savers Exchange member John Coykendall grew up in Tennessee, home of national treasures like the Grand Ole Opry, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and, yes, the rare Tennessee Sweet Potato PumpkinRead More
John Withee’s bean collection of 1,186 varieties started with a bean hole.
Throughout his childhood, Friday afternoons consisted of John and his family digging a hole, building a fire in that hole, and lowering a pot of beans into it. They placed hot coals and earth over the pot and filled the hole. The following Saturday night the family dug up the pot and ate the beans. John was one of six kids in a poor family that lived off of beans – and luckily for him, John loved beansRead More
John Withee (1910-1993) was a medical photographer who rode freight trains cross country, flew to the Arctic in a Piper Cub, climbed mountains, won the Professional Photographers of America National Award, wrote a book, and collected beans along the way. He was an unconventional adventurer long before his 1970s bean fame.Read More
What sounds better than a wagon ride through beautiful fall foliage, hiking through a heritage apple orchard, sipping hot soup, and learning through gardening workshops on a fall Saturday afternoon in beautiful Northeast Iowa?Read More