Meet Calvin

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From Seed to Table

For as long as I can remember, peas have been of special interest to me. As a little boy, I chewed on young pea pods, and also made little canoes out of the pods.

When I graduated from college, I was very pleased to get a job as a pea breeder. My first challenge was to improve the shape of snow pea pods--that is make them smoother and straighter.

By chance, I observed an off type pea "rogue" which had thicker pod wall flesh than normal. My first thought was that this thicker pod flesh would improve the quality of the snow pea pods. As I worked with it, all crosses with this "rogue" pea gave only round, plump pods--no wide, flat snow pea pods were ever found. And thus we had a new pea to enjoy – the sugar snap pea. And my fascination with the possibilities from the snap pea has continued ever since.

So I guess you could say, a pea pod changed my life and the lives of many others. After 46 years, I still love to breed peas, and I do it the old-fashioned way, without GMOs on my family farms in Idaho and Mexico.

I've been helped by many others along the way in the search for and the incorporation of other genetic traits into Sugar Snap Peas and more recently Snap Greens.

It’s been a wonderful journey and a fully satisfying life’s work.

There are still many more ways to improve and diversify these peas. And I plan to keep growing them.

I hope you enjoy our peas and greens as much as we do.

Calvin Lamborn