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Heirloom Harvest featured in Seed Savers Exchange’s quarterly membership publication, Heritage Farm Companion:

“Amy Goldman, preeminent heirloom vegetable gardener and long-time friend and advisor to Seed Savers Exchange, has published a delightful fourth book…The book’s layout, from the plush silver and black cover to the black, large format art paper it’s printed on, creates a timeless, portable gallery of art… Heirloom Harvest is not only a must-read for those interested in Amy Goldman and heirloom vegetable gardening, it is a must-see for all art lovers and lovers of heirloom plants and gardens.” Heritage Farm Companion (Winter 2015)

NPR’s popular food blog, The Salt, talks to Jerry Spagnoli about the daguerreotype process and Heirloom Harvest:

“We depend on these fruits and vegetables for our sustenance… and I like to think that the book represents a gesture of respect for that legacy…These aren’t things that are produced in factories or are man-made. These are the organisms in their own right.” NPR’s The Salt (January 2016)

The Evening Standard includes Heirloom Harvest in its list of “The Best Photography Books of 2015.

“Stunningly illustrated by daguerreotypist Jerry Spagnoli. He transforms albeit fancy varieties of gourd, bean and turnip into otherworldly luminous objects with extreme, textured surfaces. Black and white never looked so colourful. Beautifully designed, with a lovely essay by Goldman about raising her tender stems on her 200-acre Hudson Valley farm, this is one for your …

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Heirloom Harvest named “THE gift of the year” by Dan’s Papers:

Featuring breathtaking photographs by Jerry Spagnoli, this tome is sure to be treasured by gardeners as much as Goldman’s previous books about heirloom tomatoes, squash and melons… Heirloom Harvest is comprised of a moving essay by Goldman about her love affair with growing heirloom varieties and the evolution of her Hudson Valley farm complex, complemented by page after beautiful page of exquisitely moody Daguerreotypes of heirloom plants and rare livestock taken from a variety of angles and in various settings.” Dan’s Papers (December 2015)

Jodi Torpey reviews Heirloom Harvest on her blog, Vegetable Gardener:

“Amy Goldman is an artist in every sense of the word. Not only is she dedicated to preserving heirloom vegetables, but she’s written some of the most beautiful books about growing them… Her newest effort, Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures, is a stunner. Instead of capturing the glorious colors of freshly harvested …

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Non Morris praises Heirloom Harvest and Amy’s work in conservation on her blog, The Dahlia Papers: 

Heirloom Harvest is gripping because it is the story of one person’s life and the garden they have made and how one stage of the journey lead to another… Equally compelling are the book’s startlingly rich daguerreotype photographs by Jerry Spagnoli… There is an inviting, shimmering softness to many of the photographs but perhaps it is the depth of tone – one critic describes it brilliantly as ‘an austere sepia’ – which surprises me into looking more closely. The technique is wonderful for capturing the roughness of earth-caked vegetables or for the almost gritty surface of the ‘Tyson Pear’ and there is a wonderful, clear, light-catching quality to photographs such as ‘White Currants’.” Non Morris, The Dahlia Papers (December 2015)

Matthew Wilson writes an At Home feature story, “Awash with Squash: Philanthropist Amy Goldman,” in The Financial Times: 

“It doesn’t take long for the secrets of Amy Goldman’s upstate New York farm to be revealed… The contents of Goldman’s squash barn are the result of more than 25 years of growing and experimentation with heirloom vegetables on the 200-acre farm, chronicled in her latest book, Heirloom Harvest…At every turn the impression is of endless bounty, and of generous, studious, and, above all, thoughtful custodianship.” Financial Times (November 2015)