Mountain Tomatoes April 20th
Mountain Tomatoes with Penn - 10 AM- 12:30 PM- 2.5 hr.
We all know the tomato is the gate-way drug to gardening. The Holy Grail of the mountains – oh to get a red tomato! Technically the mountains and tomatoes don’t get along – so together, let’s learn why.
In 1991 Penn Parmenter was told she could not grow tomatoes in the mountains. Today she is working with around 200 varieties of tomatoes at 8,120 ft. in the Wet Mountains and spreading the news. Not only can you – you should!
Learn about tomato varieties from around the world, especially those grown in high, cold places. Learn how to find and adapt seed, create night-time protection, prepare soil, fight disease and enjoy the fruits of your labor. We will explore the international underground world of tomato seed swapping.
Penn will come armed with high-altitude tomato seeds, plants, demos and tips for reaching success with the Love Apple. Join the addiction! No more green tomatoes! (Unless it’s Green Zebra, or Green Doctor’s or Evergreen or…)
Wear clothes for all weather. Bring your own lunch or snacks and water bottle. It will either be hot or snowing, or something in between.
Classes will be held in the Blacksmith Shop by the wood stove, and/or in the Seed Room and/or in the Greenhouses and all classes will include a walking, talking, educational onsite tour of the subject. Scroll down for all class descriptions.
High-altitude seeds and Sustainable Greenhouse Plans will be available to purchase here.
Tip: Don't wear white and don't wear high heels... :)
Tobacco carries the Tobacco Mosaic Virus and all tobacco smokers must wash their hands with soap before entering any greenhouses or handling tomatoes. No smoking near the gardens. Smoking is limited to the parking lot.