We’re Still Bringing You One Tomato in 2020

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Tomato plant in a potting soil bag





The Piscataquis County UMaine Extension is excited about folks growing One Tomato! This will be our seventh year distributing tomato seedling and tips for growing them at various events and locations around Piscataquis County. According to Donna Coffin, UMaine Cooperative Extension, “If you’ve got a sunny spot and a bag of potting soil, you can grow one tomato!

One Tomato was originally started in Ontario, Canada to encourage households to plant, grow, and eat more vegetables. Piscataquis County adopted the project in 2014, and folks have begun to look forward to getting one of our 400 locally-grown and purchased tomato seedlings. Ellis’ Greenhouse grows three different varieties for us: part of the fun of participating in One Tomato is finding out whether you’ve got Jasper, Sungold, or Esterina

Why just one tomato? One tomato is not expensive to grow, it’s pretty easy, and it can be grown just about anywhere. You can plant a tomato in your garden, in your flowerbed, in a container, a hanging basket, or even your front lawn. If you don’t like tomatoes, that’s okay? You don’t have to be a tomato lover to join in. The goal is to grow some vegetables, so try out any vegetables you like. You can give any extra to local food banks.

During COVID-19 we ask for your help in keeping us all healthy as we distribute these free tomato seedlings. We do have a short contact information card for you to complete when you come to pick up your seedling. Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing if you have to wait to get your seeling.

While supplies last, extension staff will have seedlings at:

  • Piscataquis Regional Food Center in Dover-Foxcroft,  May 30th from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Indian Hill Trading Post in Greenville on Monday, June 1st  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • KC’s Country Store in Parkman on Tuesday, June 2nd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tradewinds in Milo on Friday, June 5th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Smith’s Grocery and Lunch in Brownville, June 5th from noon to 3 pm
  • Whitney’s Supermarket in Guilford on Saturday, June 6th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Piscataquis Extension Office in Dover-Foxcroft, June 8th from 10 am to 2 pm.

You can save time by signing up for your tomato at http://bit.ly/OneTomato2020 Just let the folks know that you have already signed up.

For helpful information in growing your tomato plant check out our publications, Growing Vegetables in Containers and Common Problems in Container Gardens.   You will also have an opportunity to sign up for the Piscataquis & Penobscot Garden Newsletter.

Gardeners old and new will have an opportunity to post the progress of their tomato on the UMaine Extension Piscataquis One Tomato Facebook site. Who will get the first blossom? Who will pick the first ripe tomato? Who will harvest the most?