The artist community in Coastal Virginia, as elsewhere, is a microcosm of the larger population, including its diverse attitudes toward topics like sustainability. The four artists profiled here could scarcely be more different, including the role that eco issues play in their studio practices.
Tradition says it gets its name from a sea captain who brought it here after returning from some faraway journey. Just where he obtained the potato in the first place has been lost over time. And indeed the Hayman was almost lost over time altogether. Original seed remains hard to find, but there are still crops planted here and, as far as we know, here and nowhere else in the world.