William Woys Weaver

William Woys Weaver

The Roughwood Seed Collection, which now comprises about 4000 varieties of heirloom food plants, was begun informally in 1932 by my grandfather H. Ralph Weaver (1896-1956).

I discovered his seed collection at the bottom of a freezer many years later and decided to take on the responsibility of growing out the rare and unusual plants he had accumulated. Since then, I have added thousands of new plants to the collection (and given it the name Roughwood, after my 1805 house in Devon, Pennsylvania) .

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William Woys Weaver
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Ancash Market Cucumber

Ancash Market Cucumber WW127

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! Collected in Chacas, Peru by the late... Read More
 
Biquinho Hot Pepper

Biquinho Hot Pepper HPP501

Pronounced bee-KEE-nyo, the name of this landrace from Brazil means “little... Read More
 
Buena Mulata Hot Pepper

Buena Mulata Hot Pepper HPP500

A very rare, extremely productive, and stunning hot pepper being offered... Read More
 
Chi Yei Eggplant

Chi Yei Eggplant WWE196

EFN EXCLUSIVE. 'Chi Yei' is an incredibly early, fast-ripening eggplant... Read More
 
Cypriot Watermelon

Cypriot Watermelon WW113

Citrullus lanatus We discovered this classic Cypriot watermelon in 1996... Read More
 
Debbie's Pink Tomato

Debbie's Pink Tomato WW188

Debbie’s Pink is the product of a selective breeding program begun by Dr.... Read More
 
Deitrich's Wild Broccoli Rabe

Deitrich's Wild Broccoli Rabe WWE210

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. Directors of the Experimental Farm Network selected... Read More
 
Elephant Trunk Pepper

Elephant Trunk Pepper WW169

This spicy cherry red heirloom pepper tracing to Central America was saved... Read More
 
Fejee Improved Tomato

Fejee Improved Tomato WW179

This tomato came in to my grandfather ’s collection from his... Read More
 
Fiaschetto di Manduria Tomato

Fiaschetto di Manduria Tomato WWE205

'Fiaschetto'... Read More
 
Gagon Cucumber

Gagon Cucumber WW194

This rare Bhutanese cucumber thrives in cool northern climates, but also... Read More
 
Galina Tomato

Galina Tomato WWE204

This... Read More
 
Grandpa's White Wax Tomato

Grandpa's White Wax Tomato WW178

Found in my grandfathers frozen seed collection many years... Read More
 
Green Gage Yellow Tomato

Green Gage Yellow Tomato WW125

One of our favorite cottage garden tomatoes. This Victorian classic was... Read More
 
Haskorea Pepper

Haskorea Pepper WWE255

'Haskorea' pepper seeds were originally collected in 1999 at the Bab al-Faraj... Read More
 
Hithadhoo Maldives Melon

Hithadhoo Maldives Melon WWE251

Unless you've lived and farmed in the Indian Ocean region, it's safe to... Read More
 
Homs 11 Tomato

Homs 11 Tomato WWE207

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
Kandahar Pendi Okra

Kandahar Pendi Okra WWE191

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. If you've struggled with growing okra in the past,... Read More
 
KC 146 Tomato

KC 146 Tomato WWE208

This... Read More
 
Landis Winter Lettuce

Landis Winter Lettuce WW106

(Lactuca sativa) We acquired this dark green classic Pennsylvania Dutch... Read More
 
Makataan Watermelon

Makataan Watermelon WW134

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare and unusual preserving melon... Read More
 
Mallorcan Winter Tomato

Mallorcan Winter Tomato WW135

This unusual tomato from the Spanish island of Mallorca is used almost... Read More
 
Mammi Huber's Stuffing Pepper

Mammi Huber's Stuffing Pepper WW109

(Capsicum annuum) This Lancaster County, Pennsylvania heirloom was developed... Read More
 
Mary's Niagara Ground Cherry

Mary's Niagara Ground Cherry WWE250

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. We're very excited to be offering this variety... Read More
 
Minsk Early Tomato

Minsk Early Tomato WWE203

EFN... Read More
 
New Hampshire Victor Tomato

New Hampshire Victor Tomato WWE206

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
New Hanover Ground Cherry

New Hanover Ground Cherry WWE195

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. Ground cherries are close relatives of tomatillos,... Read More
 
Nistru Tomato

Nistru Tomato WWE199

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
Pickling Plume Lettuce

Pickling Plume Lettuce WW258

One of the oldest surviving lettuces from classical antiquity; it is depicted... Read More
 
Puerto Cortes Tomato

Puerto Cortes Tomato WWE202

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
Red Calabash Tomato

Red Calabash Tomato WW136

Red Calabash Tomato- A beautiful and unique tomato, introduced by Dr. William... Read More
 
Riñon Rippled Delight Tomato

Riñon Rippled Delight Tomato WWE198

EFN... Read More
 
Roughwood Golden Plum Tomato

Roughwood Golden Plum Tomato WW237

Created in 1986 by Dr. William Woys Weaver via a controlled cross between... Read More
 
Sehsapsing- Delaware Black Flour Corn

Sehsapsing- Delaware Black Flour Corn WW118

We acquired Sehsapsing Delaware Black Flour Corn from William Woys Weaver,... Read More
 
Spotted Aleppo Syrian Lettuce

Spotted Aleppo Syrian Lettuce WW232

Considered a “semi-Cos” type with 8-10 inch upwardly spreading leaves covered with... Read More
 
Stubby Okra

Stubby Okra WW176

This old heirloom variety is said to trace to Louisiana although it appears... Read More
 
Tamboura Melon

Tamboura Melon WW172

Our original seed came from the farmer’s market in Limassol, Cyprus where... Read More
 
Thorburn's Terra-Cotta Tomato

Thorburn's Terra-Cotta Tomato TP500

Incredible flavor, color and history! Introduced in 1893 by James Thorburn... Read More
 
White Liboywa Sorghum

White Liboywa Sorghum WWE252

The original 'Liboywa' sorghum came to EFN from the USDA and was supposed... Read More
 
White Silesian Lettuce

White Silesian Lettuce WW146

This handsome variety with pale green crinkled leaves forms... Read More
 
Wood's Famous Brimmer Tomato

Wood's Famous Brimmer Tomato WW186

We have grown this remarkable tomato for several years and it has never... Read More
 
Yellow Garden Peach Tomato

Yellow Garden Peach Tomato WW177

This delightful old French heirloom dating from the 1880s... Read More
 
Yellow Hinkelhatz Pepper

Yellow Hinkelhatz Pepper WW170

This hot spicy Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom pepper was acquired by my grandfather... Read More
 
Yellow Riesentraube Tomato

Yellow Riesentraube Tomato WW238

This is the extremely rare pre-1820 yellow variant of the more common Red Riesentraube.... Read More
 
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