Ripe Tomatoes by the 4th of July??
Independence Day may take on a whole new meaning in Lincoln County if the 4-H Sustainable Living Club has its way. The Club is offering TomatoBarrel Workshops that promise independence from the old idea that you can’t grow tomatoes on the Oregon Coast! The Club has successfully produced ripe cherry tomatoes by July 4th two years in a row and wants to share the secret with all of Lincoln County!
4-H youth, their parents and all interested community members are invited to participate in the first FREE, 3-hour workshop on the April 24, Thursday at 1:05 pm. There will other workshops scheduled at different times and dates until the 4th of July.
The participants will build a TomatoBarrel. All materials and tools except the needed electric drill are provided. Registered 4-H youth attending the workshop can take home the barrel at no charge. Others may purchase theirs for the cost of material, approx $35. The workshops will take place at the 4-H Club’s Toledo Garden, located west of the town’s skate park.
The hands-on workshops will introduce participants to the TomatoBarrel, a portable system that takes advantage of the heat storing capacity of the water reservoir and of its portability to enable a longer growing season and minimal need for watering. Tomato production on the Oregon Coast is hard because of the large amount of cold Oregon rain; the Coast’s earth is cold until usually June or early July. With a TomatoBarrel you can start planting as soon as you build your 33-gallon container barrel.
Because the containers are mobile and can sit anywhere – on a deck, in a yard, on a sidewalk – they can be easily located in the sunniest area throughout the season. And because they are not in contact with the earth and there are 23 gallons of water stored in the bottom, they stay warmer. They also only need to have water replenished about once a week. So attend one of these free workshops and get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July with a plentiful harvest of red, vine-ripened, luscious tomatoes at your doorstep and available all summer long!
The TomatoBarrel workshops are yet another offering made possible through the 4-H Sustainable Living Club’s YA-4H grant. The Oregon State University Youth Advocates for Heath (YA4-H!) program launched the Producing for the Future Project to support local organizations in creating youth-developed community gardens in partnership with supportive adults in limited resource communities. Not only are organic gardening practices a focus but also developing and implementing a micro-enterprise venture to market the produce grown.
For more information about the barrels or to schedule a workshop, contact 4-H Sustainable Living Club Leaders Carl and Coralee Palmer at email@example.com or 541-765-2109. To find out more about 4-H in Lincoln County, please contact Program Coordinator Todd Williver at 541-574-6534, firstname.lastname@example.org