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Cricket Rakita and Dr. Lee Barnes of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association believe that vegetable diversity is under threat. As large seed companies buy up smaller seed companies and patent the seeds or genetically alter them, fewer varieties are being grown. With fewer varities of vegetables grown, certain types of heritage vegetables are lost along with their history. Rakita and Barnes discuss the importance of saving seeds to protect diversity, especially the heritage of the Southeast.
Craig LeHoullier, a Raleigh resident, has worked with heirloom tomatoes over the past four decades. Ordering heirloom varieties through the mail, LeHoullier aims to expand heirloom accessibility through seed companies. He also experiments with several varieties, breeding them for characteristics that make them accessible to a wider range of growers. His work has culminated in two books for tomato growers.