Tomato and other gardening banter from Craig LeHoullier (aka NCTomatoMan)
I'm glad that you found my website! It will always be a work in progress - please email me at email@example.com if you have ideas for how I can make this site more useful and informative for you. The primary focus will be gardening, and the primary focus of that will be tomatoes.
So enjoy the stay, and please do send comments and ask questions on my blog, or shoot me an email.
So enjoy the stay, and please do send comments and ask questions on my blog, or shoot me an email.
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NCTomatoman's Tomato News
Updated Monday, November 23, 2015
Aside from garlic up and growing in the side garden straw bales, and tomatoes that I am trying to eke out another week (all nestled into the garage), the 2015 garden season is finished.
I am now a Mother Earth News blogger! My sample blog was accepted - I will publish the link when it is up and running. I hope to submit a blog there every few weeks.
There is plenty of indoor work to do. I will be working on a revision to my websites, a new heirloom focused podcast, a video series, coming up to speed on the Dwarf Project and determining where it heads next, and planning next year's garden - in addition to preparing for next year's book related events and seeking additional opportunities to talk gardening with folks. The Straw Bale book comes out in December as well. The to do list seems to always grow, never shrink...
My wife, Susan, is an amazing, talented quilter, knitter (and often felts what she knits) - she makes remarkable memory and T shirt quilts. Be sure to check out her website, Seedlings Sewn, here! Susan is making some nice changes to the website - check it out!
And while you are at it, check out my daughter Sara's new, creative venture - here.
Still available- Tomatopalooza T shirt! Locally, you can pick them up from me for 15.00, or email me for shipping info. Our stock is mostly in medium and large, with a few green XXL (XL are all gone). Various colors (sand, green or blue for the most part). I've put a picture of one here.
Events get continually added to the Epic Tomato lectures and promo list - see below. I hope to see you at one at some point!
My upcoming schedule of workshops and book events can be found below...check back often, as events continue to become finalized
- My first book, Epic Tomatoes, is now widely available from stores and e-Tailers. A new website that will feature entries based upon my coming year of events can be found here.
- It is a busy year of book promotion-related events - see the list below.
- My second book, a Storey Basics series on Straw Bale Gardening, is scheduled to be available in December 2015
- I am working through a proposal for my third book - stay tuned for more info! It won't be quick or immediate - the most appropriate topic hasn't emerged yet.
- Another 11 varieties from our Dwarf Tomato Project are available; the varieties were divided among the following companies: Victory Seeds, Remy's Sample Seed Shop, Tatiana's TOMATO base, and Heritage Tomato Seeds. The new varieties have been added to the Dwarf Tomato Project page .
- Victory Seeds has 8 additional new varieties for late 2015 - and Thanks to Bill Minkey, an additional dozen or so will soon be available. By the end of 2015, the Dwarf project efforts will have led to over 50 new varieties. Wow!
2016 Gardening talks, podcasts, interviews - this is work in progress
- no firm dates yet -possibly at the Dow in Michigan and at the Botanic Garden in Pittsburgh.
- Garden America radio show interview - January 2, 11:15 EST - details to follow
- Podcast recording at Raulston - January 4 - focus on Dwarf tomatoes - more to come
- Apex Garden Club - February 1 - details to follow
- Carteret County event - Morehead City NC - February 4, 10 AM, Civic Center.
- Northwest Flower and Garden Show - February 17-21, Seattle - complete info here.
- Chicago Botanic Garden February 28 - seminar, seed swap, book signing, Q&A. More info here.
- Southern Piedmont Local Food Conference March 3 Monroe NC - details to follow
- Leesburg (Loudoun County), Virginia - March 12 - info will be updated here.
- Alexandria (Fairfax County), Virginia - March 13, 1:30-2:30, details to follow
- Durham Gardening Forum, Sarah Duke garden- March 15 - details in discussion
- Mother Earth News Fair, Asheville NC, April 9-10 - more info to come
- Piedmont Master Gardeners of Charlottesville VA - April 14, 7-8:30 PM. More details to come.
- North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill NC - April 17 - in early discussion
- Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania - Tomato course - Sunday May 15 1-4 PM
- Mother Earth News Fair, Albany Oregon, June 4-5 - tentative, placeholder
- Gardeners of Wake County - Raulston McSwain Center - June 21, 7 PM - more details to follow
- Mother Earth News Fair, West Bend, WI, July 9-10 - tentative, placeholder
- Kansas City, Missouri event - August 26, 27 (at least) - just in beginning discussions!
- Heritage Harvest Festival, Monticello - September, in discussion
- Mother Earth News Fair - Seven Springs, PA - Sept 23-25 - more details to follow
- Mother Earth News Fair, Topeka KS, Oct 22-23 - tentative, placeholder
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference - Durham NC - details to follow
This is the list of 2015 activities brought about by the released of Epic Tomatoes...all were great fun! Thanks to everyone involved!
- Five pod casts were recorded - Real Dirt (Ken Druse, live as of today) and America's Home Grown veggies (Daryl Pulis, expected to be live Saturday Jan. 10 and Saturday Jan. 17, and March 28, and a later one in August - four full hours!).
- Seed and Scion Swap, Wylde Center, Decatur, Georgia - workshop on Saturday, January 24, 10:45 AM
- WNCN TV spot on My Carolina Today - Thursday Jan 29, 11:30 AM
- WPTF 680 AM interview - The Weekend Garden - Saturday Jan 31 9:30 AM
- Interviews with Raleigh News and Observer, The Tennessean, The Chicago Tribune, Produce Growers magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Lexington KY Herald, Columbus Dispatch, Ohio; Telegraph, UK
- Book launch - Quail Ridge, Raleigh - Wednesday, February 4, 7 PM
- Village Books - Bellingham, Washington - Wednesday, February 11, 7 PM
- Book Signing University Bookstore booth, NWFGS - Seattle, Washington - Friday, February 13, 11 AM
- Gardening with Ciscoe, KIRO radio, from the NWFGS - Seattle, Washington - Saturday, February 14, 11 AM
- Swansons Nursery - Seattle, Washington, Saturday February 14, 1 PM
- Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle - workshops on February 14 (6:45 PM) and 15 (3:15 PM)
- Radio Interview Bill Flynn (Young Alex) AM 980 The Eagle Winston-Salem February 24 9-9:30 AM
- Skype Interview Mark Diacono UK Telegraph - February 27 12:30-12:30
- Camdens Dogtown Market - Richmond VA, March 5 - evening event - dinner, talk, signing
- Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia - March 7 - 11 AM - workshop, signing
- State Arboretum of Virginia, Boyce VA - March 8, 2 PM - workshop, signing
- Good Day Baltimore TV, Baltimore MD - March 9, 8:48 AM - appearance/interview
- Artifact Coffee/Ivy Bookstore event, Baltimore MD - March 9, 7 PM - snacks and drinks, Q&A, signing
- Bedford VA Master Gardeners, Bedford, Virginia - March 14, 1:15 PM - workshop and signing
- Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, The Happy Cook - March 20, 10 AM - workshop, signing
- Mother Earth News Fair - Asheville NC - Speaking Sat April 11 1-2, Sun April 12 4-5. Workshops and book signings
- Guardian UK - podcast, being recorded April 14
- Regulator Bookshop, Durham NC - April 16, 7 PM - talk, seedlings, signing
- Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden - Raleigh NC - April 18 10 AM, workshop, seedlings, book signing
- McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village - April 25, 11 AM seedlings, talk, signing. Can't wait!
- Radio interview - Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour Sunday April 26 10-10:30 EST - listen live link here
- Earth Day Info session, Library Outreach group, Edison-Johnson Community Center, Durham - Wed April 29, 4-6 PM - I will be there to tell tomato stories and take questions
- Workshop for The Flower Shuttle, Moravian Church Raleigh, Tuesday May 5, 11-12 - workshop
- Wake County Extension Master Gardener, Raleigh NC - Thurs May 7, 9:30 AM - workshop, seedlings, book signing
- Read Local Book Festival, Durham NC - Fri and Sun May 15, 17 - find details here. I will be participating in the Cookbook Rodeo 6-8 PM on Friday May 15, and the Book Festival from 12-6 on Sunday afternoon. Salsa samples (my recipe) and book signing at the Rodeo, seedlings and book sales/signings on Sunday at the Festival
- Gaston County Master Gardeners - Thurs May 21, 10 AM - workshop and signing, seedlings
- Second Annual Plant Share - Plantapalooza! - Friday May 22, AM - Durham Public Library parking lot - details to follow
- My Carolina Today - WNCN News 17 - 11:30 AM Monday June 1 - live TV again! Talking about successfully growing tomatoes here in NC. Link here
- Side Dish radio show - WCHL 1360 Am/97.9 FM - it will be aired on June 6 and June 7, at 10:30 AM and 6 PM each day. The podcast link is here.
- Live Radio interview - Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour Sunday June 21 9:30-10 AM EST - I will post the pink to the podcast when it is available.
- #Groundchat hosting on Twitter - 2-3 PM - join in! At the end, I will be giving a signed copy of Epic Tomatoes to the tomato recipe that gets tweeted that most appeals to me. Here is a blog post about the session, from Cristina da Silva's blog
- Tomato dinner at Irregardless Cafe - July 8, 7-9 PM -The menu looks great - link to all information, including price, menu and reservation is here!
- Mount Holly NC events - July 9, July 11 - will include a workshop at the community garden at 7 PM on Thursday, and a signing/info session at the Farmers Market in the morning.
- Seed Savers Exchange Annual Campout, Decorah IA - July 17-19 - Keynote speech, workshops, book signing - details pending - info and registration here. The schedule of events is here - I am presenting on the main stage at 9 AM on Saturday with a Keynote on The Road to Epic Tomatoes, and on Sunday morning at 9 AM on the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project. At 5 PM on Saturday are both a book signing, and tomato tasting - Ira Wallace and I will co-host the tasting, using tomatoes we are bringing to Iowa!
- Durham Garden Forum Gardeners Fair, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham NC, Tuesday July 21, 6:30-8 PM; I will be answering questions and selling seeds and selling and signing books - and there will be a small tomato tasting too! Info can be found here.
- Southern Season tomato cooking school class with Alex Hitt - Chapel Hill NC - Thurs July 23, 6 PM - book signing as well - information on the class can be found here. The menu sounds really delicious!
- Well Fed Garden tomato workshop Saturday July 25 - 10 AM start running about 2 hours, Well Fed Community Garden, Athens Drive, Raleigh - you can register here. I hope to spend a few hours taking attendees through my entire process with tomatoes - from seed starting to seed saving and everything in between!
- Raleigh N&O - Articles by Andrea Weigl on July 28 and 30 - upcoming tomato dinners here, and feature in the Living section here
- Flower Shuttle Lunch and Learn and tomato tasting - August 4
- Photoshoot for Eating Well magazine - August 5 (article to run next summer)
- Interview for The Splendid Table radio show - August 5 (not sure when it will run - details to follow)
- Interview - Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel - August 6
- Brie Arthur's annual tomato tasting - my wife and I will be there - with some tomatoes and some copies of Epic Tomatoes! August 8.
- Tomato Dinner with Ashley Christensen - Tuesday August 18 - Event details are posted here!
- America's Home Grown veggies with Daryl Pulis - talking tomatoes for an our on Thursday August 20. See the link above (where I mention all of this year's podcasts)
- Southern Season pepper cooking school with Alex Hitt and Caitlin Burke - Chapel Hill NC - Thursday Sept 3 at 6 PM - details are listed here. Click the link to see the dishes that will be prepared, and to sign up!
- Seed Savers Exchange Tomato Tasting - Decorah IA, Saturday September 5, 1-4 PM - tasting, talks, signings
- Book signing and sale - Meredith College - coordinated by Bill Landis; Sam Reiff, Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato book as well - September 8 11 AM
- Heritage Harvest Festival, Sept 10-12, Monticello, Charlottesville VA - This is going to be a remarkable event, and all details are now available here. It will be an honor to be part of the Thursday at 1 PM, the pre-festival event on Montalto, along with Ira Wallace and Nan Chase. My main workshops will be on Friday at 9 (a paid event), and Saturday at noon (free!) - discussing the History of the Tomato in America, and selecting and growing great tomatoes for the Southeast. I will be signing my book Epic Tomatoes at scheduled sessions on Thurs, Fri and Sat.
- Splendid Table episode - latest I've heard is September 11 (which is today...the new episode isn't yet on line). Stay tuned for any changes. Link to the segment is here.
- 175 Faces of Chemistry - inclusion on this list is a very humbling honor! read here.
- Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs, PA, Sept 18-20 - I will be giving two workshops - one on Saturday, one on Sunday. The link to the event, including my workshop information, is here.
- Podcast recording - hosted by Joe Lamp'l (Growing a Greener World)- September 23 - air date and where to find the episode to follow. Website link here.
- Garden America radio show interview - Sunday September 27, 11:15 EST - info link is here
- The Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour - Sunday October 11. more info to come.
- Arbico Organics radio show interview - Sunday October 11 - info link is here
- Chatham County Cooperative Extension Workshop, Silk Hope NC, with Alex Hitt - Monday October 19, 1-5 - Details and registration info can be found here.
- Appearance on the Tom Kearney radio show on WPTF - Tuesday October 27, 9-10 PM - listen live link is on the page found here.
- NC State/OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) (EnCore) program, Garden Ecology, McKimmon Center, Wednesday October 28, 1-3 PM - adult continuing education, information here.
- I had to cancel out of the Carolina Farm Stewardship conference due to a family emergency, Durham NC, Nov 6-8 - my workshop is on Saturday Nov 7, 10:30-12, book signing at 5. More details can be found here
- Esquire Magazine - interviewed on November 23 for an article on seed starting.
- Podcast interview, November 23 - The Ruminant , a farming podcast by Jordan Marr. Link is here.
Please find ordering information for my book Epic Tomatoes here.