Tomato Challenge

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Tomato Challenge

Love tomatoes, want to grow your own? In this multi-session, hands-on program, you'll take home plants, pick tomatoes, preserve the harvest.

By N.C. Cooperative Extension, Richmond County

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March 30 · 5:30pm - August 2 · 6:30pm EDT


Sandhills AGInnovation Center 1298 Crawford Road Ellerbe, NC 28338

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About this event

This is a multi-session, hands on workshop: Session 1, Thursday, March 30, at 6:30-7:30 pm. We'll start with different varieties of tomato seeds, and learn how to grow transplants from seed, what type of media to use, the ideal environmental conditions needed, planting guidance and more, led by Don Bryant, retired horticulture teacher from Richmond High. Session 2, Thursday, May 18, 6:30-8:00 pm we'll plant the transplants in the Demo Farm garden and learn how to care for young plants, including staking, pruning, and fertilizing; attendees may take some extra plants home. Session 3, Thursday, June 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, will cover fertility and pest management to insure a good harvest; Session 4, Thursday, August 3, 6:30-7:30 pm: harvest ripe fruit, taste test and compare varieties. Attendees may take home part of the harvest; some harvest will be given to local food pantries. Session 5 (TBD): learn how to preserve the harvest with a canning class led by Family Consumer Science agent Cheri Bennett, at the Ag Services Center in Rockingham. $15 covers all 5 sessions; attendees who attend all 5 will receive a certificate of completion. Refunds are not available for missed sessions. For more information call NC Cooperative Extension, Richmond County Center, at 910-997-8255 or email

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Richmond County Center
123 Caroline St
Suite 100
Rockingham, NC 28379

(910) 997-8255


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