CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County WVU Extension Service will give away tomato seedlings of the famed West Virginia '63 tomato, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the West Virginia Vandalia Heritage Garden Festival at the Culture Center.A maximum of two seedlings per person will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply of about 3,000 plants is gone.
Earlier this spring, the Extension Service gave away seeds from the W.Va. '63 tomato. The response of 20,000 requests was higher than anticipated.The Extension Service, with the help of the Kanawha County Master Gardeners, started the seeds for the plant giveaway at the festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Festival attendees are encouraged to bring heirloom or open-pollinated seeds to exchange. WVU Extension Agent John Porter will presenting a workshop on Seed Saving and Heirloom Vegetables at 9:30 a.m.