Speakers

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The NC Tomato Man, Craig LeHoullier, will be the keynote speaker at the Homegrown Tomato Festival! (July 29th)

Craig LeHoullier - author of the award-winning book Epic Tomatoes (Storey Publishing, 2015) and known locally as "NC Tomatoman", lives and gardens in Raleigh. His passion for tomatoes was fueled by joining the Seed Savers Exchange in 1986; since then his collection of varieties numbers over 5,000, and he is responsible for naming, developing and popularizing hundreds of tomato types, most notably Cherokee Purple. For years he has shared his tomato stories and knowledge with audiences throughout the US, including Longwood Gardens, the US Botanical Gardens in DC, and Monticello. He co-leads the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, responsible for the development of 70 (and counting) compact growing tomato varieties perfect for space-challenged gardeners.

An Evening With Craig LeHoullier - The NC Tomato Man (July 28th)
Join us for an evening with the author of the best selling book "Epic Tomatoes" and the newly released "Growing Vegetables In Straw Bales", Craig LeHoullier. Craig will be selling and signing his books, reading excerpts from the books, handing out seed packets as well as answering questions from the audience. Craig loves talking to people about all gardening related questions and hearing their stories so don't be shy! Single Admission: $15Souble Admission: $23