My life and work all center around history. Professionally, I work to preserve rare, heirloom, and threatened plant varieties with an emphasis on edible plants.
My personal goal here at All Things Plants is to share knowledge and help to promote gardening, seed saving, and personal food production using heritage or heirloom varieties.
As a database moderator, my goal is to present accurate information based on firsthand observation as well as verifiable source documentation. I do not rely on undocumented, unreferenced, sourceless "histories." The plant and seed sales industry is historically notorious for simply copying and regurgitating the same tired, worn out and in some cases, fabricated stories.
When I am researching the history and pedigree of a plant variety, I refer to the historical record, preferably firsthand, contemporary sources.