Amy Goldman Fowler

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Amy Goldman Fowler
Goldman at the 2010 Heirloom Tomato Festival
Born1954 (age 65–66)
Net worth$3.0 billion (March 2017)[1]
Spouse(s)Cary Fowler (m. 2012)
Parent(s)Sol Goldman (1917–1987)
Lillian Schuman Goldman (1922–2002)
FamilyAllan H. Goldman (brother)
Diane Goldman Kemper (sister)
Jane Goldman (sister)
Lloyd Goldman (cousin)

Amy Goldman Fowler (born 1954) is an American billionaire heir, 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 US. Goldman have been called "perhaps the world's premier vegetable gardener" by Gregory Long, president of The New York Botanical Garden.

Early life and education[edit]

Fowler is the daughter of Lillian (née Schuman) and Sol Goldman.[2][3] She has three siblings: Allan H. Goldman, Diane Goldman Kemper, and Jane Goldman.[4] Her father was the largest non-institutional real estate investor in New York City in the 1980s, owning nearly 1900 commercial and residential properties.[4] Her siblings, Allan Goldman and Jane Goldman manage the remaining real estate assets via the firm Solil Management.[5] Her cousin, Lloyd Goldman, is a real-estate investor in New York City.[6]

Goldman earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Barnard College (1976), a master's in developmental psychology from Columbia University's Teachers College (1978), and a doctorate in clinical psychology (PhD) from Oklahoma State University in 1984.


Goldman is the author of five books. Her first three won American Horticultural Society Book of the Year awards.[7] These were illustrated by the photographer Victor Schrager.

Melons for the Passionate Grower (Artisan, 2002) 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.

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

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

Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures (Bloomsbury, 2015) is illustrated by daguerreotypist Jerry Spagnoli. The book has over 175 photographs of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and berries grown by Goldman on her 200-acre Hudson Valley farmstead. Goldman's essay, "Fruits of the Earth," describes her 25-year collaboration with the land. Heirloom Harvest has appeared in The Washington Post,[8] Elle Décor,[9] Harper's Bazaar, The Financial Times,[10] The Daily Beast,[11] The East Hampton Star,[12] and Town and Country.[13] In August 2016 it won the Association for Garden Communicators (GWA)’s Silver Medal in the Book Category.[14] It also won two distinctions at the October 2016 New York Book Show (Book Industry Guild of New York): Best in Special Trade (Art Books) and Best in Special Trade/Photography.[15] Heirloom Harvest was honored in 2016 by the British Book Awards as best book in the Lifestyle Illustrated category.[16]

The Melon (City Point Press, 2019), her fifth book, has been reviewed in The New York Times[17] and The Washington Post.[18]

Goldman's writing appears in such publications as Martha Stewart Living,[19] The New York Times,[20] Organic Connections,[21] and Organic Gardening.[22]

She has been profiled by The New York Times,[23] The Washington Post,[24] The New York Sun[25] and several other publications including Organic Style[26] and Horticulture magazine.[27] In addition, Goldman has appeared on Martha Stewart Living TV[28] and PBS' The Victory Garden.[29]

She is Democratic Party donor.


Fowler is a trustee of both the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. Goldman once served as executive director of the Sol Goldman Charitable Trust of New York City.

Fowler is a vice chairman of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Board. She was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Restoration Project.

In September 2014, Fowler was elected chairman of the Center for Jewish History, a position she held until December 2016.[30][31]

Goldman served on the board of directors of Seed Savers Exchange for more than ten years, half of that time as chair, and is now a special advisor to the board.[32]

Personal life[edit]

On April 28, 2012, Goldman married Cary Fowler at the terrace on top of the Arsenal in Central Park.[33]


  1. ^ Forbes: The World's Billionaires: "Amy Goldman Fowler" March 21, 2017
  2. ^ New York Magazine: "The Midas Curse" by Dinitia Smith, p. 32, at Google Books April 3, 1989
  3. ^ New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths GOLDMAN, LILLIAN" August 22, 2002
  4. ^ a b "Sol Goldman, Major Real-Estate Investor, Dies". New York Times. October 19, 1987.
  5. ^ The Real Deal: "Sol Goldman’s $6B portfolio in play, as children accelerate dealmaking" By Adam Pincus April 01, 2013
  6. ^ "Meet the Other Trade Center Builder". Wall Street Journal. September 11, 2008.
  7. ^ AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL BOOK AWARDS "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2014-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Higgins, Adrian (2015-10-27). "Arresting black-and-white photos expose the beauty of ordinary vegetables". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  9. ^ "Met Home's Staff Summer Must-Reads". Elle Décor. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  10. ^ Wilson, Matthew (2015-11-26). "Awash with squash: philanthropist Amy Goldman's New York garden". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-12-07.(subscription required)
  11. ^ Boot, William. "A Hipster Heirloom Harvest (PHOTOS)". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  12. ^ "Slow Food Gets Slow Pics | The East Hampton Star". Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  13. ^ "Town & Country chimes in with words of praise in the November issue".
  14. ^ "GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators Garden Media Awards Program". Archived from the original on 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  15. ^ "30th Annual New York Book Show (Special Trade)". Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  16. ^ "2016 British Book Awards". Archived from the original on 2018-04-17. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  17. ^ "But Does It Tell You When a Melon Is Ripe?". The New York Times. 2019-09-16.
  18. ^ Higgins, Adrian (2019-11-12). "Perspective | The melon still wraps its tendrils around seed guru Amy Goldman". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  19. ^ Origin of the Species; Martha Stewart Living, September 2007.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ Winter Squash, Warts and All.
  21. ^ Monster Tomatoes. Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Luscious Heirloom Watermelons for the American Gardener. Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Carve the Pumpkin, Eat the Squash; The New York Times, November 24, 2004.
  24. ^ A Feast for the Eyes; The Washington Post, November 25, 2004.
  25. ^ Most Treasured Heirlooms; New York Sun, October 31, 2007.
  26. ^ Paradise Regained; Organic Style, March 1, 2004. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2008-07-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ Thyme for a Change; Horticulture, March 2007.
  28. ^ Appearance on Martha Stewart Living. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2008-07-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ Appearance on The Victory Garden. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2008-07-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ "New Leadership at the Center for Jewish History". Leadership.
  31. ^ "Joel Levy named president and CEO of Center for Jewish History". Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
  32. ^ Illinois gardener to lead Seed Savers Exchange board, July 25, 2012,
  33. ^ Hartocollis, Anemona (May 11, 2012). "Amy Goldman and Cary Fowler". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013.

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