The man, the myth, the legend: BOB REID & THE REID FAMILY!
Cannot tell a lie, we are beyond excited to be working directly with Bob and the Ried family who are providing Seed Freak’s second growing site in Cressy. Many of you will be familiar with Bob through “Bob Reid’s Beans” for those who are unfamiliar with Bob and the Reid family here is an introduction!
Scottish born, Australian made, Bob has enjoyed a 50+ year career in global germplasm research and development. Bob has greatly contributed to pasture and crop research in Australia for Agricultural purposes, holding positions in global plant collection expeditions. During his travels as a collector, Bob found a passion for legumes, resulting in a large private collection of versatile beans and more! Two generations later and Bob’s amazing vegetable seed collection has come into focus as a resource to celebrate and share, expanding the varieties available to help gardeners adapt to Australia’s variable climate. The Reids family company Luganic have begun renewing the original collection, working towards breeding and selecting new varieties and forming an exciting partnership with Seed Freaks.
Bob and his family will not only be growing his extraordinary bean collection exclusively for Seed Freaks, but many other special crops Bob has collected and adapted to Australian growing conditions over many years. Through this collaboration Seed Freaks customers will have access to varieties you will not be able to find anywhere else. We feel so privileged for this opportunity to work with Bob and his family, and to properly recognise them for all they have done and are continuing to do for Seed Freaks customers.
To kick off the collaboration we are thrilled to present two tomatoes you wont find anywhere else, one bred by Bob and one adapted by Bob to Aussie soils!
The third Seed Freaks growing site will be overseen by the INIMITABLE Jerome Santospirito of Water Spite Organic
Jerome moved to Tasmania in 2017 after working in the Permaculture and Organic Farming fields on mainland Australia. He is committed to the goal of communities having access to seasonal, fresh, organic, locally grown food. Water Sprite Organic is his organic market garden business; with a farm at Richmond; providing weekly organic veggie box deliveries to customers’ homes in and around Hobart.
Jerome was one of the first farmers we met when we moved to Tasmania and Flo and Jerome have stayed in close contact ever since as their farming ethos is very similar. Jerome will be largely providing a growing home for some Seed Freaks pumpkin, brassicas and sunflowers. Jerome came last week to collect the genetics from us; Flo was teaching agriculture at Tafe and ailed to tell me Jerome was coming, all I saw was an unfamiliar car and the door of our storage unit was open.
I went to investigate armed with a shovel….and despite that Jerome is still willing to work with us!