Created over the course of nine years, The Melon is both an information-packed resource and a visual delight. This definitive compendium on melon and watermelon reflects recent research findings and Goldman’s growth as a gardener since the publication in 2002 of her award-winning book, Melons for the Passionate Grower.
“For Amy Goldman, “Melons are a life-long love and calling.” In fact, it’s been nearly 20 summers since Goldman published her last book on the subject: 2002’s Melons for the Passionate Grower. ” Atlas Obscura (July 2019)
Modern Farmer profiles Amy, America’s leading heirloom-vegetable expert, as she shares the secrets to a productive potager.
Matt Mattus, author of gardening blog “Growing With Plants”, highlights Amy’s expertise as a gardener:
“I have spent hours in Amy’s fields of melons, squashes, peppers and tomatoes oogling at the diversity and trials. You want to read books by people who collected and grew all of what they wrote about – and then know that they did the research as well. Brilliant.” Growing With Plants (January 2018)
“Amy is the voice of these rare and precious varieties, proclaiming their virtues and keeping their profiles aloft among gardeners, farmers, chefs, and food lovers across the country.” Garden Design (Autumn 2017)
Matt Mattus, author of gardening blog “Growing With Plants”, praises Amy’s many gardens and conservation work on a tour of her 220-acre farm:
“Amy (and her husband Cary Fowler) are dedicated seed preservationists, and they treat their property as both a living laboratory, as well as a museum or studio. Projects are everywhere as are works-in-progress.” Growing With Plants (October 2016)
American Public Media’s “Marketplace” features Jerry Spagnoli’s longtime work developing and preserving the daguerreotype medium:
“In some ways, it’s very simple, the chemistry is very simple. But there’s a lot of finesse points. Small things make big differences.” APR’s Marketplace (August 2016)
Matt Mattus got to visit Amy’s Hudson Valley farm to talk (and taste) the many varieties of cucurbits for his blog, “Growing With Plants”:
“Amy is not only a gifted grower, she is a consummate researcher and has dedicated much of her resources and life to various efforts around seed saving, and the preservation of antique or heirloom varieties, species and cultivars.” Growing With Plants (August 2016)
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review includes Heirloom Harvest in its list of gardening books to read before spring:
“One of the most unusual and intriguing garden books I’ve ever come across. Photographer Jerry Spagnoli spent 15 years visiting author Amy Goldman’s 210-acre farm in Rhinebeck, N.Y., using the historical daguerreotype process to create unique and wonderful images, each one a work of art… The thick, glossy pages do these works justice. This is one book to leave on the coffee table for friends to gush over.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (February 2016)