Grafting tomatoes for commercial grower use

Grafted Tomatoes at Wishing Stone Farm

Grafted tomatoes at Wishing Stone Farm

Skip and Silas Paul have been grafting tomatoes for over ten years at Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton, RI. Like other greenhouse growers who graft tomatoes, Skip started because of production problems – largely due to growing tomatoes in the same greenhouses year after year. Diseases like Corky Root Rot eventually reduced their yields and shortened the productive lifetime of the farm’s tomato plants. Wishing Stone Farm now routinely grafts tomatoes for their own use. The farm sells about 4,500 grafted tomato plants to greenhouse growers. [Learn how to graft tomatoes here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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