“Homegrown Tomato” festival takes place on Saturday in Concord and Charlotte


CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – The Homegrown Tomato Festival returns on July 17th. This year’s event, presented by Duke’s Mayonnaise, features nationally recognized speakers and guests from the United States

In order to do justice to the participants, the free festival will be virtual with the possibility of watching from home or participating from one of the four party locations.

The annual festival will benefit 100 Gardens, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that runs aquaponics farming programs in schools to provide hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with an additional focus on nutrition and economics for adults. Students risk.

“Teaching people how to grow their own food has been my life’s work. Support from 100 Gardens, a nonprofit that trains our youth through gardening, is therefore a natural fit. I’m proud to be a Featured Presenter this year, ”said Joe Lamp’l, presenter and producer of the nationwide syndicated stationery show Growing a Greener World.

Founded in 2013 with the goal of creating 100 aquaponic gardens in the US, 100 Gardens currently operates 15 programs in three states. In each school’s greenhouse, students learn how to use aquaponics to grow fresh fish and vegetables. 100 Gardens employees install the system, develop lesson plans according to state specifications, train teachers and organize workshops and internships for the students.

“We want to inspire young people to think differently about where their food comes from and the role we all play in protecting our environment,” added Britt Weaver, President of the 100 Gardens Board of Directors. “Our programs range from schools in the Charlotte, NC area, to the Cabarrus Youth Development Center in Concord, NC, to the Eastern NC School for the Deaf in Wilson, NC, to two new schools in Utah and beyond. ”

“The Homegrown Tomato Festival is an opportunity to learn and taste everything about tomatoes while promoting hands-on education for disadvantaged local students,” says Sam Fleming, co-founder and CEO of 100 Gardens. “Many of the children who take part in our programs have never had the opportunity to garden or try fresh vegetables. It can be a life changing experience. ”

The festival on July 17th will take place from 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. The waiting room opens at noon. The program includes virtual greenhouse tours, cooking demonstrations and cocktail demonstrations.

For those who prefer to enjoy good food and drinks with others, you are welcome to join a virtual viewing party with a free Mater Sammy and goodies from Duke’s Mayonnaise in one of the following four locations:

• The Evening Muse (NoDa)

• Midwood Country Club (Plaza Midwood)

• Southern family brewery (Concord)

• Aldersgate – RSVP only

“There’s no better way to celebrate summer than home-grown tomatoes and Duke’s Mayo. The Homegrown Tomato Festival supports such a unique mission that combines STEM and sustainable nutrition, and we are excited to be a part of it, ”added Eric Boonshaft, Core Geography Manager at Sauer Brands, Inc.

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