Late Biology Professor Hobb’s Bean Legacy Continues to Grow

Clinton H. HobbsThe Record Courier recently highlighted the legacy of Hobb's Goose Beans, heirloom beans named after the late Kent State University biology professor Clinton Hobbs who died in 2009.

Hobbs developed a dedicated following in Portage County from the beans, and now the beans are now grown and coveted by a few passionate gardeners and passed from friend to friend.

The fact the beans are still growing in the area came as a surprise to Hobbs’ daughter Melissa Hobbs, who now lives in California.

To read the story behind Hobb’s bean legacy at Kent State and in Portage County, visit

Photo: Clinton Hobbs. Passed away in 2009. Worked for Kent State University from 1945 to 1980.
POSTED: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 11:04am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 11:04am
Francesca Barrett