Amy P. Goldman

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Amy P. Goldman
Goldman at the 2010 Heirloom Tomato Festival
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Cary Fowler (m. 2012)
Parents Sol Goldman (1917–1987)
Lillian Schuman Goldman (1922–2002)

Amy P. Goldman (born 1954) is a gardener, author, artist, philanthropist and advocate for seed saving, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. She is one of the foremost heirloom plant conservationists in the United States. Goldman is described as "perhaps the world's premier vegetable gardener" by Gregory Long, President of The New York Botanical Garden. On April 28, 2012, Goldman married Cary Fowler at the terrace on top of the Arsenal in Central Park.[1]


Goldman is the author of three books, all illustrated by award-winning photographer Victor Schrager. Goldman's first book known as Melons for the Passionate Grower (Artisan, 2002), won an American Horticultural Society 2003 Annual Book Award, and was nominated for several other awards, including the Garden Writers Association of America 2003 Garden Globe Award of Achievement, various Bookbinder's Awards for design and production, A James Beard Foundation Award (Reference Books category) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals award for Best Design.

Goldman's second book called The Compleat Squash: A Passionate Grower's Guide To Pumpkins, Squashes and Gourds, (Artisan, 2004) was chosen as a 2005 American Horticultural Society Book Award winner. This book also won a bronze award of achievement from The Garden Writers Association of America.

Goldman's latest book called The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table – Recipes, Portraits and History of the World's Most Beautiful Fruit, was published by Bloomsbury in August, 2008. It has been selected as a recipient of the American Horticultural Society's 2009 Book Award.

Goldman's writing appears in such publications as Martha Stewart Living,[2] Fine Gardening,[3] Organic Gardening[4] and Garden Design.[5]

She has been profiled by The New York Times,[6] The Washington Post,[7] The New York Sun[8] and several other publications including Organic Style[9] and Horticulture magazine.[10]

In addition, Goldman has appeared on Martha Stewart Living TV[11] and PBS' The Victory Garden.[12]


In July 2012, Goldman resigned from the board of directors of Seed Savers Exchange, after serving for more than ten years. She will continue her work with the group, in the role of special advisor to the board of directors.[13] Goldman also sits on the Board of the New York Botanical Garden, and was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit organization bringing life back to the community parks and gardens of New York City through restoration and revitalization efforts.

In addition to her leadership of the Amy P. Goldman Foundation, Goldman is a trustee of the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, established in 1995. The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust supports various agricultural research and preservation efforts, medical research and higher education. Goldman has served as Executive Director of the Sol Goldman Charitable Trust of New York City. In this role, Goldman directed support to various causes including medical research, hospitals, national and international Jewish organizations and New York City schools.

She is one of the four adult children of Sol Goldman (d. 1987), once New York City's wealthiest private landlord with an estimated net worth of $1 billion in 1984,[14] and Lillian Goldman (d. 2002).

In May 2011, Amy P. Goldman was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Jewish History. The Center for Jewish History is one of the foremost Jewish research and cultural institutions in the world, having served over 1 million people in more than 100 countries.[15]

Amy Goldman is also a Supporting Level Member of Social Venture Network based in California.[16]


  1. ^ Hartocollis, Anemona (May 11, 2012). "Amy Goldman and Cary Fowler". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Origin of the Species; Martha Stewart Living, September 2007.
  3. ^ Chili Peppers in Pots; Find Gardening, September/October 2003.
  4. ^ An Heirloom Melon Patch; Organic Gardening, May/June 2002.
  5. ^ Pre Lalique; Garden Design, October 2000.
  6. ^ Carve the Pumpkin, Eat the Squash; The New York Times, November 24, 2004.
  7. ^ A Feast for the Eyes; The Washington Post, November 25, 2004.
  8. ^ Most Treasured Heirlooms; New York Sun, October 31, 2007.
  9. ^ Paradise Regained; Organic Style, March 1, 2004.
  10. ^ Thyme for a Change; Horticulture, March 2007.
  11. ^ Appearance on Martha Stewart Living.
  12. ^ Appearance on The Victory Garden.
  13. ^ Illinois gardener to lead Seed Savers Exchange board, July 25, 2012,
  14. ^ "Sol Goldman, Major Real-Estate Investor, Dies". New York Times. October 19, 1987. 
  15. ^ "New Leadership at the Center for Jewish History". Leadership. 
  16. ^ "SVN Stakeholder Report". 

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