2021 Virtual Homegrown
Tomato Festival

Benefitting 100 Gardens

Saturday, April 17th

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The 100 Gardens Homegrown Tomato Festival is BACK and we’re going virtual, allowing our event to include speakers and guests from around the USA!
The 100 Gardens Homegrown Tomato Festival is BACK and we’re going virtual, allowing our event to include speakers and guests from around the USA! 

About The Festival

The festival will be held in a (2) part series:
PART 1
Registration Open

Before Those Maters’ Are Planted

Saturday, April 17th
Registration Open
PART 1

Before Those Maters’  Are Planted

Saturday, April 17th
Coming Soon*
PART 2

After Those Maters’ Are Harvested”

Saturday, July 17th
PART 2
Coming Soon*

After Those Maters’ Are Harvested

Saturday, July 17th
Registration is now OPEN for Saturday, April 17th! Speakers, virtual greenhouse tours, demonstrations, surprise guests, and live Q&A will be from 12:00pm - 4:15pm followed by a virtual cocktail after-party with break out rooms from 4:15pm - 5:00pm.
Tickets are $18 per email registration (+$2.50 service fee).
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*Tickets for July 17th will be sold separately and available closer to the event.

Featured Speakers

Brie Arthur

Sowing the Seeds of Summer Fun
Author of “The Foodscape Revolution” and regular contributor to Emmy award winning PBS TV program, “Growing A Greener World”. www.briegrows.com
www.briegrows.com

Greg & Subrina Collier

Cooking Demonstration
Owners of Leah & Louise and Uptown Yolk restaurants. Chef Greg has been nominated twice for a James Beard Foundation award, most recently in 2020 for “Best Chef (Southeast)”.
www.leahandlouise.comwww.theyolkcafe.com

Erin Hostetler,
“The Patio Farmer”

Top 10 Tomato Tips for the Backyard Grower
Turning black thumbs into green thumbs, The Patio Farmer teaches everyday people how to grow vegetables in their backyards and on their porches and patios.
www.thepatiofarmer.com

Captain Robin McGraw,
Deputy Sheriff
Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office

Virtual Tour of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department and House of Corrections Aquaponics Lab
Executive Director of non-profit, Berkshire Education and Corrections Services. Robin partnered with 100 Gardens to install the largest aquaponics greenhouse system in a correctional facility in the United States.
News Article on Aquaponics Program

Funky Geezer

Performing “Homegrown Tomato”
Guitarist and artist that has become a TikTok sensation with over 2.7 million followers. In his spare time, Funky Geezer gives back to the community by gathering needed supplies and food for the homeless.
TikTok: @FunkyGeezerShow

Ramel Bradley - AppHarvest

This Is Farming Now: An Introduction to
AppHarvest w/ Virtual Tour
AppHarvest is on a mission to feed the future from the heart of Appalachia. The flagship 60-acre indoor farm in Morehead, KY combines innovative technology with natural resources to yield up to 30x more food per acre than traditional farming using 90 percent less water and zero chemical pesticides. In February, AppHarvest surpassed 1 million pounds of sustainably grown tomatoes, picked at peak freshness. AppHarvest’s first farm alone can produce about 45 million pounds of tomatoes annually and access nearly 70% of the U.S. population within a single day’s drive.
www.appharvest.com

Stephen Ritz

The Power of Why We Are Here
Author of the Amazon Best Seller, “The Power of a Plant”, and founder of the non-profit, Green Bronx Machine. Stephen’s TED talk is ranked as one of the Top 10 food/education TED talks of all time. He has been invited to the White House on three occasions by the Obama administration and also to The Vatican by Pope Francis.
www.stephenritz.com

Sam Fleming - 100 Gardens

Virtual Tour of the Garinger High School Aquaponics Lab
Sam Fleming is the co-founder and Executive Director of 100 Gardens. Over the past 8 years, Sam and the 100 Gardens team have installed aquaponic gardens across the United States and in Haiti, and currently have aquaponics programs in 13 schools and two correctional centers. In 2017, Sam presented the 100 Gardens vision at TEDxCharlotte.
www.100gardens.org

Craig “Tomato Man”
LeHoullier

All the Latest in Tomatoes From NC Tomato Man’s New Hendersonville Garden
Author of the NY Times Best Seller, “Epic Tomatoes”, and “Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales”. Craig is best known for spearheading the heirloom tomato movement and also named the Cherokee Purple tomato.
www.craiglehoullier.com

Justin Hazleton

Cocktail Demonstration
Liquid alchemist at Leah & Louise restaurant. Justin was recently featured in Imbibe Magazine for using seasonal ingredients in his rotating “Zodiac Punch” to highlight the qualities of each zodiac sign. 
Instagram: @JustinDrinks
2021 Virtual Homegrown
Tomato Festival Ticket

$18.00

(+$2.50 service fee)
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Tickets Include:
Live Q&A sessions with: AppHarvest, Brie Arthur, Erin Hostetler, and Craig LeHoullier.
Exclusive access to all presentation materials from each speaker.
Exclusive access to the cooking and cocktail demonstration recipes.
Cocktail after-party w/ break out rooms and networking opportunities.
Discount code to the Virtual Homegrown Tomato Festival (Part 2) on July 17th.

Festival

schedule

1st
Session

17
April
11:30
am
Homegrown Tomato Festival
waiting room opens w/ online chat.
Tomato Festival Team
12:00
pm
Homegrown Tomato Festival Beginsw/ introductions by 100 Gardens Executive Director, Sam Fleming and the founder of Green Bronx Machine, Stephen Ritz.
Sam Fleming, Stephen Ritz
12:22
pm
“Sowing the Seeds of Summer Fun” w/ a live Q&A session.
Brie Arthur
12:48
pm
Virtual tour of the Garinger High School Aquaponics Lab.
Sam Fleming
1:01pm

Break

2nd
Session

17
April
1:06
pm
Erin Hostetler presents:  “Top 10 Tomato Tips for the Backyard Grower” w/ a live Q&A session. 
Erin Hostetler
1:53
pm
Cooking demonstration by the owners of Leah & Louise restaurant.
Greg and Subrina Collier
2:18pm

Break

3rd
Session

17
April
2:23
pm
“This is Farming Now: An Introduction to AppHarvest” w/ a live Q&A session. The presentation also includes a virtual tour of the AppHarvest flagship facility.
Ramel Bradley, Deveney Redwine
2:54
pm
Virtual tour of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department and House of Corrections Aquaponics Lab.
Captain Robin McGraw
3:02pm

Break

4th
Session

17
April
3:07
pm
“All the Latest in Tomatoes From NC Tomato Man’s New Hendersonville Garden”
w/ a live Q&A session.
Craig LeHoullier
3:46
pm
Cocktail demonstration by the mixologist of Leah and Louise restaurant.
Justin Hazelton
3:54
pm
Funky Geezer performs "Homegrown Tomato".
Funky Geezer
3:57
pm
Homegrown Tomato Festival WRAP-UP and virtual cocktail after-party w/ break out rooms.
Tomato Festival Team
5:00
pm
Homegrown Tomato Festival Ends

About 100 Gardens

The Homegrown Tomato Festival is an annual fundraising event benefiting 100 Gardens, a Charlotte, NC based non-profit that implements aquaponics farming in schools, institutions and communities of need to provide hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with additional emphasis on nutrition and business. All proceeds from the Homegrown Tomato Festival go directly to support the mission and work of 100 Gardens, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact:
Sam Fleming
sam@100gardens.org
704-313-8118
Interested in sponsoring future events?
Hollis Nixon
hollis@100gardens.org
704-770-5079
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