Evergreen Elm's Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant Era photo by Alan Hancock
From left, biodynamic gardeners Jim Oehler, L.A. Rotheraine, standing on ladder, Jeff Van Scooter and Brandi Buck stand in front of a 10 foot tall cherry tomato plant on Wednesday afternoon at the Evergreen Elm garden on
Elm Street. Rotheraine claims it is the strongest tomato plant on the Planet Earth. “With all the billions
of dollars that the genetic engineering seed companies spend, they cannot come close to producing
the unique seed that Evergreen Elm makes to create this plant,” Rotheraine said. Evergreen Elm
Executive Director Debbie Price said the agency has seeds available from the giant tomato plant.
Donations would be accepted.
"Much as a photographer captures an image on film, we capture plant images from the heavens in organic matter.
Science must relearn what the ancient civilizations on the planet knew, and our Selke B.D. Cherry Tomato plants and seeds demonstrate - plants are small models of the stars and planets. Much as a photographer captures an image on film, we capture plant images from the heavens in organic matter. Thus, we can say seeds and plants are the energy from the stars, frozen and molded into earthly substances - each species a model of a particular group of stars. Our Selke B.D. Cherry Tomato seeds are stellar enhanced to grow in raw garbage - table scraps built in our organic hills and thrown on them during the growing season. They take advantage of this ancient wisdom - they are this ancient wisdom in practice."
In an excerpt from the following article science seems to be learning some of what I said in the article:
Are Organic Tomatoes Better ? : NPR
by Allison Aubrey
"A farming experiment at the University of California, Davis, has found that organically grown tomatoes are richer in certain kinds of flavonoids than conventionally grown tomatoes. And one researcher is curious to determine why this may be.
Stephen Kaffka cut his teeth in organic gardening when he was a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the late 1960s. He was involved in running the now-renowned student garden there, a task that was both intellectually satisfying and physically challenging. "It was a great time," he recalls.
Kaffka went on to get a Ph.D. in agronomy. Now, one of his latest interests has taken him back to his organic roots — a desire to figure out if the way we grow things can actually make food more nutritious.
In Northern California, on some fields west of Davis, Kaffka and his colleagues have been comparing organic and conventional tomatoes grown in neighboring plots. It's part of a UC Davis study dubbed the "Long-Term Research on Farming Systems Project," which was begun in 1991 and is slated to last 100 years.
So far, the researchers have found that the organic tomatoes have almost double the concentration of two types of flavonoids — quercetin and kaempferol — which are considered to be healthful plant compounds with potent antioxidant activity. The 10-year mean levels of quercetin were 79 percent higher than those in conventional tomatoes, and levels of kaempferol were 97 percent higher."
L.A. Rotheraine (at top of plant), Randy Johnson (middle) and Brandi Buck (right) supervisor, look over the 10 1/2 foot organic, cherry tomato plant. If there is no frost in the near future, the plant could reach 12 to 13 feet tall with over 2,000 tomatoes on it.
The plant was grown at Evergreen Elm's garden on Elm Street and is an open pollinated Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant.
Evergreen Elm has the only seed strain in the world for this species of plant.
The plant was cared for by Evergreen Elm's gardeners, particularly Robert Tubbs, who was in charge of all the Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato plants.
L. A. Rotheraine, Evergreen Elm's Master Gardener gave Jeff Neatrour of Crosby a baby Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant, through his friend Donny Gustafson. These are the results. Neatrour grew the plant from table scraps and soil. The plant reached 12 feet tall and Neatrour picked 2,828 tomatoes off the plant. The girl next to the plant is Neatrour's granddaughter, Payton Kaziska, 3.