Greg Quinn

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This article is about the farmer. For the St. Louis County Councilman, see Greg Quinn (Missouri).
Greg Quinn
Born Greg Henry Quinn
Occupation Farmer
Known for Blackcurrant promoter

Greg Quinn (born 1950) is an American farmer in Staatsburg, New York, who with the help of several state senators and assemblypersons successfully overturned a 1911 New York state ban in 2003 on the commercial cultivation of blackcurrants,[1] a berry fruit used in juice, jams, candy, yogurt, ice cream, and cereal that provides twice the antioxidant ORCA capacity per serving of blueberries, four times the vitamin C content of oranges, and twice the potassium content of bananas.[1] With no supply and no market, his company, Au Currant Enterprises, began to grow black currants on his 135-acre (55 ha), farm and Quinn sought to interest consumers and New York farmers in the fruit, which was then being supplied to the United States by Europe.[1]

In addition to farming and teaching at the New York Botanical Garden, Quinn has written eight children's books published by Scholastic Press, including the titles A Gift of a Tree, The Garden in Our Yard, 365 Meditations for Teachers, and books within the Natural Treasure series.[2] He also has written for SKY magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Fine Gardening and has been "The Garden and Nature Guy" on WHUD and other Pamal Broadcasting radio stations, and FOX 5 television, WNYW out of New York City.


  1. ^ a b c Lisa W. Foderaro (October 16, 2003). "Is This New York's Idaho Potato?; Entrepreneur Has Grand Plans for Black Currants". New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2012.  |section= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "Greg Henry Quinn publications". Worldcat. 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 41°50′32″N 73°50′35″W / 41.842095°N 73.842952°W / 41.842095; -73.842952