Round Table Speaker
Heritage Crops & The Return of Flavor
Nat Bradford is a father of five, farmer, and licensed landscape architect in Sumter, South Carolina. He founded Eco Art, LLC in 2000 upon the principles of creativity and stewardship to nurture holistic sustainable landscape architecture. 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 was selected in 2018 by the SCDA among the first 20 growers in SC in over 75 years to repatriate hemp agriculture, and was the only hemp grain grower. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR and Clemson World Magazine, as well as others. Nat 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. His greatest joy is sharing this heritage with his children.