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Posted on 06 December 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Seeds from Outer Space

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space1By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

When I was an Agriculture Science Educator I had the great honor of growing tomato seeds that had been sent up with the Space Station.

What a great honor and experience it was for my students and myself.

No one really knew what being in a weightless environment would do as far as tomato plants and their fruit.

But my students and I were about to journey into uncharted gardening plots with our Space Station tomato seeds.

The experience and experiment that took place with students that cannot even see the stars was indescribable and one I will never forget. The project was not just testing tomatoes and the effects of weightlessness but also Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 04 December 2010 by tomatocasual.com

What Do Tomato Catalogs and Hoarding Have in Common?

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tomato-catalogBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Today I already got postcards for the 2011 plant and seed catalogs.

It just does not seem possible since I am still harvesting fresh tomatoes in October but every so often times cross each other in unpredictable ways.

I have been trying to narrow down my thesis topic in Environmental Education and Urban Planning and have found once again how limited individual’s knowledge can be when it comes to agriculture.

In recent times there have been new terms popping-up like Friday night popcorn without the masses really understanding what is going on or how it effects them and/or community. But Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 19 May 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Dinner and a Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes

green-tomatoesBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

In the summer I always like to have Family Movie Night.

We set up the projector and hang a sheet over the fence to create that drive-in movie feel.

The hotdogs are cooked on the grill, popcorn is popped, and the carbonated drinks are pasted around before and during the movie.

Sometimes we even stretch our taste buds and prepare a meal around the movie’s theme. These meal themes can be colors, animals, or countries that are mentioned in the movie. An example of how this theme works is when we showed Ice Age.

But as my kids got older I started having Adult Movie Night with our friends. Each movie that we showed had some type of theme. This theme was carried out into invitations where friends were encouraged to bring a dish that applied to the theme. Our first movie night my husband and I showed Fried Green Tomatoes. As one can expect the showcased dish was the southern delicacy fried green tomatoes.

So plan your own dinner and a movie night with your family and friends and use the recipes below to start your movie tradition.

Chef Steve’s Fried Green Tomatoes

4 servings

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Posted on 10 January 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Bigger Tomatoes with Carbon Nanotubes?

carbon-nanotubes1By Vanessa Richins

Carbon nanotubes are usually discussed in the physical sciences.

However, a new study focused on whether carbon nanotubes could be used as a fertilizer for tomato plants.

As A Carbon Nanotube Page explains, “Carbon nanotubes are molecular-scale tubes of graphitic carbon with outstanding properties. They are among the stiffest and strongest fibres known, and have remarkable electronic properties and many other unique characteristics.”

The researchers began by planting Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 22 December 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Green Tomato Cars

green-tomato-carBy Vanessa Richins

I love when tomatoes are used as a symbol of something good.

In London, England, a new private hire car service has opened shop – The Green Tomato Cars.

They offer an environmentally friendly alternative to a standard taxi ride.

Every car in their company is a Hybrid Toyota Prius. That doesn’t mean it will be more expensive though – they say it costs about the same as a regular taxi.

The car does have some emissions still, so, as Clean Technica explains “The Green Tomato Cars participates in double funding offsetting projects in order to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 08 December 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Hurricane Ike Brought Tomatoes and More

chez-annieBy Vanessa Richins

When you think of hurricanes, you think of destruction.

That was true when Hurricane Ike landed in Galveston, Texas in September 2008.

Many of the island’s plants were uprooted and destroyed in the wake of the storm.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, 40,000 trees alone died in the chaos.

However, Galveston citizens received a nice surprise this spring when all sorts of plants started popping up. The storm had brought hope amidst despair in the form of seeds.

Burke Evans, a local resident, found tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, periwinkles, papaya trees and elephant ears. Pam Gilbert received petunias, a mulberry tree, and jalapeños.

The Christian Science Monitor recounts that Read the rest of this entry »

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