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Nourish Your Neighbor is Back

Part of last year's haul

Last year, through our program, “Nourish Your Neighbor,” Loop readers grew enough produce in their backyards that, along with generous donations from and the Sheldrake Center, fed 75 needy families in our area. Now, we are ready to do it again.

And this year, we have tomato plants to give out that you can grow yourself! Want one? Come to the CVS parking lot on Chatsworth Avenue in Larchmont on Friday, May 13, and organizer Ed Merians will be there to give them away from 9:30AM-10AM and if there are any plants left in the afternoon 4-4:30PM. We’ll post a note here if we’re out of plants and won’t do the afternoon distribution.

He writes,

“We have plenty of tomato plants for our “Nourish Your Neighbor” project. The plants are ready to put in the ground. Most are at least 15″ tall. I have transplanted them all into peat pots so all you have to do is dig a deep hole and set the pot at the bottom of the hole. Then gently, while protecting the plant from falling soil, backfill the hole and ensure that the plant is buried up to or as close to the first set of leaves as possible. Water well but try not to soak the leaves. Tomatoes love to be deep. They need at least 6 hours a day of sun. We have over 100 plants.

We’re growing these tomatoes for our neighbors who need the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force Food Pantry in Mamaroneck, NY. My notion was not unique and neither is the goal of trying to save the LMHTF Pantry a few bucks. They need every dollar. I think they’ll have to buy fresh tomatoes regardless but if we can forecast our harvest using the Loop to communicate, they may be able to buy less. I grew these plants for all of us, in other words I hope you keep some tomatoes for yourself to enjoy. Let’s aim for a 50/50 split. We’ll still have a hundred tomatoes to share.

I’ve grown 3 varieties, Manitoba, Burbank Slicing and Pineapple. All have been grown from seed purchased from Territorial Seed Company. I did not use organic methods. These are heirloom varieties which means that seeds from these tomatoes will grow the same plant, so keep a few seeds, let them dry and try starting them next spring. It’s fun.

Stay in the Loop by checking my posts. As we get closer to harvest, we’ll figure out how to get the tomatoes from your garden to our neighbor’s tables.


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