Tim Mountz is a seed fanatic. After the death of his grandfather in 1993, he received a jar of beans that would generate his fascination with food and its history. Now as the owner of Happy Cat Farm, Tim seeks to instill that sense of history and tradition into great, naturally grown food. Starting as the hobby of a seed collector, Happy Cat Farm has grown into a national distributor of both heirloom seeds and plants. Describing the endeavor as a "triple-bottom-line" business, the farm is dedicated not simply to profit, "but [to] people and planet as well."
In this segment, Art of Food walks us through the history of various heirloom varieties of seeds, engendering in the land a cultural relevance not readily apparent. Through explaining his love of farming and living off the land, Tim Mountz reminds us what it means to live simply and by the seasons in the face of a complicated modern world.