Nat Bradford tells his story of the Bradford Watermelon—how flavor formed his path back to his family farm, and how flavor continues to guide the farm into the future. From the return of the remnant peanut of the colonial Carolinas to the repatriation of the unduly demonized Industrial Hemp, Nat will share with us his inspiring vision of a bright and flavorful future for American agriculture.Experience the flavor! Nat will have tastings of some his flavorful products!
Farmer/Owner – Bradford Watermelon Co.
Nat Bradford is a father of five, farmer, and landscape architect in Sumter, South Carolina. He is a member of Greenville Technical College’s Sustainable Agriculture Program’s Advisory Board and a member of Slow Food USA, Columbia SC Chapter. As a farmer he maintains the breedline of their 170 year-old family heirloom, the Bradford watermelon. He plays a very important role in the revival of historic southern food crops. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR and Clemson World Magazine, as well as others.
He and his wife, Bette, started Watermelons for Water in 2013, a philanthropic cause funded by proceeds from their watermelon harvest. Watermelons for Water has provided hand-dug freshwater wells for small farming families in Bolivia and funded a project in Tanzania where the watermelon is being grown as an inexpensive freshwater source.