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Thomas Jefferson, The Farming Trendsetter

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Apparently, you might have it in you to be the next president if you compete with your friends and neighbors on whose peas sprout first. As it turns out, Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third President of the United States, was a fanatical farmer — or, as The New York Times fondly calls him, a “Founding Foodie.”


Who knew that in addition to running this country, Jefferson was a trendsetter, or — dare we say it — a revolutionary farmer? In the face of mild skepticism, Jefferson planted seeds he brought back from his worldly travels such as “eggplant, tomatoes, okra, lima beans, peanuts, garlic and hot and sweet peppers” in his Monticello gardens. Monticello fell apart soon after his death, but experienced a rebirth about twenty years ago. It seems that appreciation for farming and healthy eating have undergone the same path of resurgence.

Thomas Jefferson, "Founding Foodie" from The New York Times