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The man behind the tomatoes: Fred Hempel of Artisan Seeds

publication date: Feb 1, 2018
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I met up with Fred Hempel, the Artisan Seeds breeder, at his farm in Sunol, California on Sunday, October 8, 2017. It was a bright, dry 77-degree day, typical for east of the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall. It would have been even brighter if it weren’t for the thin layer of dust covering everything, dimming the reflection from the sun. In testament to how dry it was, historically bad wildfires would break out later that evening farther north in Sonoma County and burn many acres of farmland, vineyards and homes over the following days.

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