Golden Tomatoes Award

The Acadia Community Farm is pleased to present the Golden Tomatoes award to the owner of plot #1 Heather Jantzi. Heather is entering her fourth year here at Acadia and was a first time gardner with the Acadia Community Farm this summer. Check out her Q & A to see how she was able to grow an abundance of delicious tomatoes.

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What is your favourite part about the Acadia Community Farm?
My favourite thing about the community farm is seeing the uniqueness of everyone’s plots. No two gardens are the same and it’s fascinating to see how each members hard work creates a “farm quilt” with their plot.
Why do you garden?
I took up gardening this summer to learn something new and to heighten my nutrition learning experience from a new angle.  We have learned so much about food sustainability in our program; gardening allowed me to put some of those classroom discussions into hands-on learning.
What is your favourite thing to grow?
My tomatoes! They are the only fruit my family grew in our garden since I was a child so I love carrying on the legacy.
What is your secret to such healthy tomato plants?
The success of my tomato plants actually surprised me since this year has been the first time I have gardened independently.  I watered them everyday (and by watered I mean A LOT of water – they can never have too much!) and I fertilized the plants every 2-3 weeks with cow manure compost.
Any advice you would give to other first time gardeners?
I would say DO start small as a quality garden requires a lot of TLC; then, the more you learn the more you can expand your growing! I also advise DON’T be discouraged when plants look like they’re not thriving – google is a great tool to find quick fixes.  With a little time, the plants will bounce back – and if they don’t, it’s just part of mother nature!
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(Heather’s tomatoes earlier in the season)
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The Acadia Community Farm began in the spring of 2008 with the vision of providing local, organic produce to the dining hall at Acadia University, while also serving as a community garden. The Farm has grown to become an educational community centre for the exchange of knowledge surrounding gardening, food, and sustainable agriculture. Explore the site to find out more or stop by the Farm for a visit!

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