We are pleased to report that Isla Vista School’s first Tomatomania fundraiser debuted with flying colors.
At 8:00 AM, Tomatomania organizers Scott Daigre and Sam Hamann were joined by I.V. school principal Mary Kahn to unload over 75 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings, colorful growing cages, organic fertilizer, compost tea, and about anything else that might help the budding tomato farmer succeed on the rocky road to truly homemade caprese and Summer gazpacho.
By 9:00 AM, volunteers (both parents and students) began arranging the seedlings alphabetically around the circular drive in front of the school. Some decisions had to be made on the fly. Do Paul Robesons get arranged with the Ps or the Rs?
One thing we noticed as families streamed in throughout the day: Buying tomatoes makes people really happy. Principal Mary Kahn is already planning next year’s Tomatomania fundraiser. “With a little more lead-time, individual classes can get involved and make the sale bigger and better.”