Nat Bradford is a father of five, farmer, and landscape architect in Seneca, South Carolina. As a farmer he maintains the breedline of their 170 year old family heirloom, the Bradford watermelon. He sits down with Kat Johnson to explain the history, legends, and comeback story of the Bradford.

Nat and his wife, Bette, started Watermelons for Water in 2013, a philanthropic cause funded by all the 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.

Nat-Bradford-PhototNat Bradford via slowfoodnations.org