400 FREE Tomato Plants being Distributed!

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To encourage more people to grow their own vegetables the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County Executive Committee adopted the One TomatoTM project.

In 2017, we added 432 folks to the list of people who received a tomato seedling, for a total of 1,274 folks that participated in the One TomatoTM in the four years we have been doing it. We offered three different varieties: Jasper (red), Sungold (orange) and Esterina (yellow.)

Folks were given factsheets on container gardening and could sign up for a newsletter or view Facebook postings.

In the first three years, a total of 120 plants were given to a prison garden that provides food for the food cupboards. A total of 1,394 plants have been distributed in the area in the last four years.

Of the 748 people who completed the survey in the last 4 years, 144 (19%) had never gardened and this was their first garden, 153 (20%) have only gardened 1 to 3 years. 324 (37%) signed up for the electronic newsletter. In 2018, we will be asking how many years in the last ten-years folks have gardened. For 25% of the people, this was the first contact they had with UMaine Extension. As the years have gone by we find more and more people have participated in the One TomatoTM project.

The total estimated value of the cherry tomatoes grown from these seedlings is over $9,600 for the four-year old One TomatoTM program. In 2017 almost 70 percent of gardeners growing Esterina reported they harvested over a gallon of cherry tomatoes! Of course, they are a larger sized cherry tomato.

As a result of the One TomatoTM project, in 2017 Checkerberry Farm donated vegetable seedlings that were distributed to the Dover-Foxcroft Food cupboard. They included tomato, pepper, cucumber, lettuce and red cabbage. Trisha Smith, UMaine Extension Horticulture Aide in Piscataquis County also used the red cabbage seedlings in a SEDOMOCHA elementary school program.

In 2018, we will be distributing another 400 tomato plants of the following varieties: Sunrise Sauce, Jasper, Sungold, and Esterina. Which variety will produce the most this year?

Get yours while supplies last!:

Starting June 1st 8:00-4:30 Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays at the Cooperative Extension Office, Dover-Foxcroft

June 2nd Black Fly Festival, Milo

June 6th 9:00-3:00 Town Hall, Milo

June 12th Noon- 8:00 Town Office, Greenville

June 13th 9:00-3:00 United Methodist Church, Dover-Foxcroft

Tomato plants in flats

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For more information, please contact the Extension office at 207.564.3301.

More information about UMaine Extension is available online.

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