Top 50 Food Growing People

This is my highly subjective list of people who I think have contributed the most to the “grow your own food” community. If you know of someone I’ve missed please leave a comment below the list:

Jules Dervaes

* Founded the “Dervaes Institute” in 2006

* Creator of the public urban homestead model “Path to Freedom”

D. G. Hessayon

* Wrote gardening manuals “Expert Guides” (50 million printed)

* Guinness World Record for “bestselling non-fiction author of the 1990s”

* Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s “The Veitch Memorial Medal”

John Jeavons

* Developed the “Grow Biointensive” method

* Wrote “How to Grow More Vegetables” (500.000 copies)

Eliot Coleman

* Wrote “The New Organic Grower” (1989)

* Co-owner of “The Four Seasons Farm”

* Executive Director of the “International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)”

Alan Titchmarsh

* Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s “Victoria Medal Of Honour” in 2004 (RHS in UK)

* Runs his own charity: “Garden for schools” and “Seeds for Africa”

* Host of TV program “Gardeners’ World” in UK

Kent Whealy

* Co-founder of “Seed Savers Exchange”

* Received “The Genius Award”

Amy P. Goldman

* Wrote “Melons for the Passionate Grower” (2002) (American Horticultural Society 2003 Annual Book Award)

* Wrote “The Heirloom Tomato” (2008)

* Wrote “The Compleat Squash” (2004) (American Horticultural Society Book Award)

Barbara Damrosch

* Co-owner of “The Four Seasons Farm”

* Wrote “The Garden Primer”

* Co-hosted the TV-series “Gardening Naturally”

Jeff Lowenfels

* The world’s longest running garden columnist (32 years)

* Wrote “Teaming with Microbes”

* Founder of “Plant a Row for The Hungry”

Maria Thun

* Publishes an annual biodynamic gardening calender in 18 languages

* Wrote “Gardening for Life” (2000)

Mel Bartholomew

* Wrote “Square Foot Gardening” (1981)

* Created the “Square Foot Gardening Foundation”

Michael Pollan

* Wrote “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” (2006)

* Wrote “Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education” (1991)

Carol Klein

* Own plant nursery, “Glebe Cottage Plants”

* TV show “Grow Your Own Veg”

* In the TV show, “Gardeners’ World”

🙂 Carol Cox

* Ecology Action’s Garden Research Manager

* Co-author of “The Sustainable Vegetable Garden”

Toby Hemenway

* Wrote “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture”

* Associate editor of “Permaculture Activist” from 1999 to 2004

🙂 Barbara L. Bowling

* Wrote “Berry Grower’s Companion” (2005)

* Was chairperson of the “American Society for Horticultural Sciences’ Viticulture and Small Fruit Working Group”

Joy Larkcom

* Wrote “Grow Your Own Vegetables” (2002)

* Was in 1993 awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal for her services to horticulture by the RHS, and was also Garden Writer of the Year in 1993

Charles Dowding

* Wrote “Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way” (2007)

* Created a market garden in rural Zambia

* Gave lectures to the RHS in Tokyo

Eric Toensmeier

* Wrote “Perennial Vegetables”

* Co-author with Dave Jacke of the two-volume permaculture design manual “Edible Forest Gardens”

* Manages the Tierra de Oportunidades new farmer program of Nuestras Raices

Shane Smith

* Wrote “Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion”

* Director and a founder, in 1977, of the Cheyenne Botanic Garden, Wyoming’s only public botanic garden

🙂 Stella Otto

* Wrote “The Backyard Orchardist” (1995)

* Benjamin Franklin Award winner (1994)

* Fruit farm owner

Fern Marshall Bradley

* Author of Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver (2007)

* Co-author of “Vegetable Gardening” (2006)

* Managing an organic market garden in western New Jersey

🙂 Mike

* Blogs about a 2 acres market garden

* His blog has 1400 daily readers

* 1300 links back to his blog from other websites

Rose Marie Nichols McGee

* Co-author of “McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container”

* Blogs about gardening and food (100 links back to her blog)

* Rose Marie is President of Nichols Garden Nursery

Joe Swift

* Wrote “Joe’s Allotment” (2009)

* Wrote “Joes Urban Garden Handbook”

* Host on BBC’s “Gardeners’ World”

🙂 Steve Solomon

* Wrote “Gardening When It Counts” (2006)

* Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades (2006)

* Wrote and self-published “Growing Vegetables South of Australia” (2002)

Gayla Trail

* Wrote “You Grow Girl: The Ground Breaking Guide to Gardening” (2005)

* Blogs about gardening

* 2200 links back to her blog from other websites

Marjorie Harris

* Wrote “Seasons of My Garden” (1999)

* Wrote “The Healing Garden” (1996)

* Wrote “In the Garden: Thoughts on the Changing Seasons” (1995)

Jerry Baker

* Wrote several books on gardening

* Host on gardening TV and radio shows

Liz Primeau

* Wrote “Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass” (2003)

* Founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine

* Former host of Canadian Gardening Television on HGTV

Steve Ott

* Wrote “Homegrown Vegetable Manual” (2009)

* Co-author of “The A-Z Guide to Growing and Cooking Farm-fresh Food” (2008)

* Editor of Kitchen Garden magazine

Sarah Raven

* Wrote “The Great Vegetable Plot”

* Guest presenter on BBC’s “Gardeners World”

Alys Fowler

* Wrote “The Thrifty Gardener” (2008)

* Horticultural researcher on “Gardeners’ World” on BBC in the UK

🙂 Suzanne Peabody Ashworth

* Wrote “Seed to Seed” (2002)

* Owner of “Del Rio Botanical”

🙂 Stu Campbell

* Wrote “Let it Rot: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting” (2003)

* Wrote “Mulch it!”

* Wrote “Improving Your Soil”

Anais Dervaes

* Blogs about urban homesteading in California

* 1900 links back to her blog from other websites

🙂 Andy McKee

* Wrote “The Polytunnel Handbook” (2009)

* 500 links to his blog from other websites

Carleen Madigan

* Wrote “The Backyard Homestead” (2009)

Carole B. Turner

* Wrote “Seed Sowing and Saving” (1998)

Dick Raymond

* Wrote “Joy of Gardening”

* Head vegetable gardening specialist at Garden Way Gardens

Edward C. Smith

* Wrote “The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible”

* Wrote “Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers”

Kenneth E. Point

* Internship on a forty acre organic farm (1985 – 1994)

* Blogs about gardening (2005 – 2009)

* 800 links to his blog from other websites

Tonopah Rob

* Owner of 2,800 square meters farm in Tonopah, Arizona

* Sold more than 550 kg produce in one weekend at Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm stand

Gillian Carson

* Blogs about gardening

* 1000 daily readers

* 800 links to her blog from other websites

Sally Jean Cunningham

* Wrote “Great Garden Companions” (2000)

* Has a TV and radio show on gardening

R. J. Ruppenthal

* Wrote “Fresh Food from Small Spaces” (2008)

🙂 Emma Rawlings

* Co-author of “The A-Z Guide to Growing and Cooking Farm-fresh Food” (2008)

🙂 Jeff A. Hartenfeld

* Co-author of “The Farmers’ Market Book” (2007)

🙂 Cavagnarok David

* Co-author on “The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener : A Guide to Growing Your Garden Organically” (1997)

Sharon L. Lovejoy

* Wrote “Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children” (1999)

* Serves on the National Children and Youth Garden Advisory Panel of the American Horticultural Society

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