Master Gardener Volunteers in Durham County Recognized for Tomato Grafting Project

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Master Gardener volunteers display their newly grafted tomato plants

Master Gardener volunteers Sara Smith, Lalitree Darnielle, Marty Fisher, Ann Norris, Bev Tisci, and Extension agent Ashley Troth show off newly grafted tomato plants.

Grafting great tasting tomato varieties onto rootstocks that are resistant to soil-borne diseases such as southern blight and bacterial wilt is a sustainable way to grow your favorite tomatoes in disease infested soils.

Over the past few years, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers in Durham County experimented with tomato grafting methods to develop information that will help any gardener graft their favorite tomato variety successfully. In addition to pulling together a resource list, volunteers created videos, such as the one below, that walk you through the grafting process.

Learn more about tomato grafting and watch additional videos created by Master Gardener℠ volunteers in Durham County!

Congratulations Award Winners!

In recognition of their efforts to support sustainable gardening education, Master Gardener volunteers in Durham County were awarded first place in the research project category of the 2021 David Gibby International Master Gardener Search for Excellence!

The David Gibby International Master Gardener Search for Excellence is the recognition program for outstanding Master Gardener volunteer work across the United States, Canada, and South Korea. Held every other year, the awards program invites Master Gardener volunteers to submit educational, group projects that result in significant learning in seven different categories. The program selects 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place recipients in each category.

Award recipients were recognized during the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference, held virtually September 2021. Watch the video Master Gardener volunteers made about their project.

ABOUT North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

The NC State Extension Master Gardener program operates in 83 of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s 101 local centers. Master Gardener volunteers support the mission of N.C. Cooperative Extension by connecting people to horticulture through science-based education and outreach.

Learn about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer by contacting your local N.C. Cooperative Extension Center. Gardening questions? Find out who to contact to get answers on the EMG Garden Help Directory.

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