Author(s): WILLIAMS JIMMY
Jimmy Williams caught the gardening bug early after planting his first seeds at age four. He learned everything he could at the knee of his grandmother - a South Carolina native who grew up in a traditional Gullah community whose members were descendents of Caribbean slaves. As an adult, Jimmy's career took him far from the garden, but when the pull of the soil became too strong, he started growing full time, planting collard greens, tomatoes, and squash in every crevice of his Los Angeles backyard. Today Jimmy is a familiar sight at a variety of farmers' markets where he sells vegetables and seedlings, including heirloom tomatoes grown from seeds handed down to him from his great, great grandmother. He has made a name for himself for his garden design expertise and natural, organic growing techniques. From Seed to Skillet is a step-by-step guide to designing and planting your own vegetable garden. With his friend and co-author Susan Heeger (a well-known writer specializing in gardening and an avid gardener in her own right), they have shared their expertise and love of gardening and cooking in this inspiring guide to growing your own food.
Urban farmer and landscape designer Jimmy Williams oversees his growing grounds, plants edible gardens for clients, and dispenses cultivation and cooking tips, plus vegetable, herb, and fruit seedlings, at three Los Angeles farmers' markets. He grows and sells heirloom tomatoes from seeds that have been passed down from his great-great-grandmother. Susan Heeger is a long-time magazine and newspaper feature writer with a specialty in garden, design, home, lifestyle, and food stories. She lives in Los Angeles. Eric Staudenmaier is a photographer and home gardener based in Los Angeles.