My father was a gardener and at a young age he introduced gardening to me. I helped him and learned a lot about gardening from him as a boy. I realized I enjoyed gardening as a teenager while growing peanuts and picking the fruit.

After starting a family I looked for a sizable piece of land to have a garden, a place with plenty of sunshine. I’d not been able to have a garden before moving here because of space and so I’ve had a garden here every year for the past 38 years. I got started growing tomatoes, okra, corn, sweet potatoes, butter beans, butter peas, and squash.

Every year we have fresh vegetables and my wife cans or freezes the excess produce so we can enjoy them during the winter. Although we do buy some vegetables at the grocery store, we haven’t bought tomatoes in years because we have plenty of fresh, home grown tomatoes every summer. We usually have so many tomatoes that we give them to our family and friends and then sell the rest. In fact, every summer people start asking, “When are you going to have more tomatoes?”

This class was designed for people, like me, who want better tomatoes from their own garden.