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WVU makes tomato seeds available to gardeners

Rachel Dove-BaldwinCivitas News Service

February 19, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is making seeds of a blight-resistant tomato available to home gardeners.


The West Virginia 63 tomato was developed at WVU 50 years ago as part of the state’s centennial celebration. WVU says a limited supply of seeds will be available starting March 4.


Retired WVU professor Mannon Gallegly bred the tomato. He says the West Virginia 63 is a good for both canning and for slicing in sandwiches.


Seeds can be obtained through the WVU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit at (304) 293-6131. Seeds are limited to one packet per household while supplies last. They also can be requested through local WVU Extension offices.