I attended sutainable agriculture workshops on Thursday, April 19 and Monday, April 30 at the Woodford County Library (Midway Branch). Julie Maruskin, the director of the Clark County Public Library, presented on heirloom tomatoes on the 19th and edible landscaping on the 30th. Through a series of blog posts, I will discuss what Ms. Maruskin shared with us. These posts will have #Sustainable Agriculture and #Maruskin.
To learn more about programs offered by the Clark County Library, please visit http://www.clarkpublib.org/Programs.htm. To learn more about programs offered by the Woodford County Library (Versailles & Midway), please visit http://woodfordcountylibrary.com/News.html.
Heirloom Tomato Workshop
Here are a few terms from the Heirloom Tomato Workshop with which novice gardeners (like me) may not be familiar. They do apply to many plants beyond tomatoes as well.
Heirloom plants are “open-pollinated varieties” and have to be at least “50 years old or older”
Open-pollinated (OP) plant “seeds will produce the same type of plant next year.” Not all open-pollinated plants are heirlooms, but as we mentioned before, all heirlooms are by definition open-pollinators.
Hybrid plants are “bred from 2 or more OP varieties and will NOT produce plants like themselves next year.”