The common saying tells us what happens when you teach a man to fish, but what about growing organic tomatoes? If you're Cynthia Care of Ashland, you'll get a 2.2-pounder to serve at a party.
Care helped her friend Kerry Hofsess transform part of his lawn on Parkside Drive into a vegetable garden using techniques of permaculture, and Hofsess found himself with a bounty of tomatoes to share with friends and neighbors. But the friends couldn't keep one giant tomato of an unknown heirloom variety to themselves.
"It's so amazing! Without any fertilizer!" Hofsess said while pointing to the oversized fruit.
Permaculture is short for "permanent agriculture," and its methods seek to grow naturally while maximizing sustainability. For Hofsess' garden, they started with a piece of cardboard on his lawn to kill the grass, and then added layers of manure, soil and water before planting his garden. The result is chemical-free and never damages the soil.
"It just shows how easy it is to feed yourself this time of year," Hofsess said.
Hofsess and Care jokingly nicknamed the tomato Hot Lips because it resembles lips on the bottom.
"We're going to serve it at my moving party," Care said. "It's going to feed a crowd."