West Virginia University Extension is offering a gift to home gardeners in celebration of the state's 150th birthday.
A limited supply of seeds for the West Virginia 63, a blight-resistant tomato developed at West Virginia University, will be available for home gardeners beginning March 4. The seeds are "open pollinated", which means they can be saved year after year.
The tomato, bred by WVU Professor Emeritus Mannon Gallegly, was created to resist late blight and was unveiled in 1963 as part of West Virginia's centennial celebration.
To claim a packet of seeds, simply send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
WV-63 Tomato, PO Box 6108, WVU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit, Morgantown, WV 26506.
Seeds will be mailed out beginning March 4, with a limit of one packet per household, while supplies last. Seeds can also be requested through local WVU Extension offices.The Kanawha County Extension office will offer seed packets on a first come-first served basis and there are plans to distribute seedlings in early May.