Podcast #3: Tom Wagner of Tater Mater Seeds

In this episode of the Cultivariable podcast, I talk with Tom Wagner of Tater Mater Seeds.  Tom is a well known public domain breeder, based in Everett, WA, who has worked with tomatoes, potatoes, and corn for more than sixty years.   We discuss potato and tomato breeding, the history of some of his varieties like the Green Zebra tomato and the Skagit Valley Gold potato, and about the future direction of his work.

Many of the links that I am listing are not very active, but Tom is planning to do more online, including starting his own podcast, so bookmark these links and stay tuned.  Tater Mater Seeds is not currently open for sales.  Tom’s forum is open and he is hoping for more people to post there.  There is a huge wealth of information there, so it is well worth signing up.

Tater Mater Seeds Forum

Tater Mater Seeds

Tater Mater Blog

Tom in the field
John Tom Kaighin potato
A stenotomum type potato selected by Tom
The Sweet Casady potato with pedigree
Tom’s sister with Skagit Valley Gold potatoes
Laverton, a diploid potato selected by Tom
Tom giving a workshop in Ireland
Tom’s well known ‘Green Zebra’ tomato
A potato plant with many tags where the flowers have been hand pollinated


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