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The Seven Tenets: 2) Nourish the Soil

The soil itself is a natural system and it is deeply tied to “place”. It is the foundation of life that makes everything else work. Our soils support a mostly invisible and highly complex ecosystem made up of bacteria, fungi, amoebae, mites, worms and beetles. Working in concert, these organisms create humus, which supports plant […]

Why We Grow Heirlooms

At TomatoCulture, nearly every tomato we grow is an open pollinated heirloom variety. We love heirloom tomatoes because they offer a superior choice of sizes, shapes, colors and flavors over the modern hybrids. In our experience, the right selection of properly grown heirloom tomatoes can produce just as well as hybrids and offer significantly more […]

What Is An “Heirloom” Tomato Anyway?

Depending on the source, the number of documented tomato varieties is anywhere from 7,500 to  10,000, with over 3,000 of those being “open pollinated”. Open pollinated simply means a tomato plant whose flowers are left to self-pollinate naturally, as opposed to being deliberately or inadvertently crossed with another variety to create a hybrid. The tomato […]