Organic tomatoes

About Local Food

Qualla Berry Farm is part of a loose community of growers and marketers throughout western NC who are seeking to provide locally grown food to people who live and visit  the mountains. We are helping to develop ways to keep our rural land in agricultural production. We are listed in the Local Food Guide produced by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more about U-Pick farms, tailgate markets, and community supported agriculture growers, see their website:

<< Back to the April 2017 calendar.

Growing Your Best Tomato Weekend Folk School Class

April 7th, 2017 7:00pm - 12:00pm

April 7-8-9 2017 John C Campbell Folk School Weekend Class

I am teaching a Folk School class in Brasstown this upcoming weekend April 7th-9th called "Grow Your Best Tomato". This is going to be a blow out celebratory class, all hands on deck to share all that I know about creating a brilliant garden and enjoying the fruits of a great growing season. We will have special seeds including Tulsi Holy Basil and a gift of unusual tomato seeds from Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes. He is an avid tomato seed saver of special collection of dwarf heirloom tomato varieties that grow well in pots. Anyone who yearns for a deeper connection to their garden, loves to learn and experiment with plants and hands in the dirt will enjoy this weekend immensely.

 Here is the class description:  Produce your best ever, home-grown tomatoes! From Sungold cherry tomatoes and heirloom Brandywines to Italian Paste tomatoes, we'll explore the timing, colors, size, and flavors of favorite varieties while practicing organic gardening skills of soil prep, seed selection, pruning, fertilizing, trellising, pest and disease control, and harvesting. Also learn about many kinds of basils. Use companion planting techniques to create a patio container or hanging basketbof tomatoes, basil, and marigolds to take home. Average garden mobility needed