How To Grow Slave-Free Tomatoes | Cherry Tomatoes In A Village

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“So, let me get this straight…”  I asked, continuing hesitantly –

“you mainly eat corn, onions, tomatoes and dark leafy greens.”

“Yes.”  Said the widow.

And you drink tea.

“So, let me get this straight…”  I asked, continuing hesitantly –

“you mainly eat corn, onions, tomatoes and dark leafy greens.”

“Yes.”  Said the widow.

And you drink tea.

“Yes.”  She said.

“You know how to grow the corn, and the onions yourselves.”

“Yes.”  She said sternly.

“Do you know how to grow the tomatoes?”



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“Where do the tomatoes come from?”

“I don’t know where they come from.”

“How do they get to the market?”

“I don’t know.”

“Are you allowed to grow tomatoes?”  I asked finally, trying to make sense of this situation.  

The widow shuffled.  And hesitated.  “There are many things which we have not been taught to do properly.  They do get angry at those who grow different things from time to time.”I knew from my food biology class that tomatoes were needed to fill the nutritional gap from the glucose in the corn.  The children would become quickly malnourished without the vitamins and nutrition present in a plant they were not able to produce for themselves.

Meaning — they had to have money in order to be healthy.

“Do you know what the seed to a tomato looks like?”  I asked.

“Of course.”

There had to be at least twenty seeds in every tomato we purchased.

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Twenty seeds that could produce 20 tomato plants.

Twenty tomato plants, that could yield about 15 pounds of food per plant.

Why were these people afraid to grow what it would take to keep their children from dying of hunger?

“Okay.  We are going to have to figure out how to grow tomatoes in pots.”

The people agreed.

-Check back in with us soon, we may have more posts and pictures of our tomato project, which is currently in progress:

Click here to read about Slave Free Tomatoes — rights for immigrant workers, and pick up some great tomato recipes!

We had to practice several seasons to learn how to produce good tomatoes in the village.  In fact, we are still learning and will hopefully post about some of our efforts with epson salts and modifications to the soil and environmental conditions.  For those of your planting tomatoes – or cherry tomatoes – in the United States, please take heed of these instructions:

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Yield: A few pounds of small, flavorful tomatoes.

  • Tomato seed
  • fertile soil with two feet of open space and about 18 inches deep
  • water
  1. 1. Plant seeds every 24 inches, about 1/4 inch deep.
  2. 2. Tomato seeds need to be well-watered, about an inch of water a week, no matter where you plant them. This is hard in the village because the rainy season produces too much, the dry season too little without intentional modification.
  3. 3. The tomato seeds should germinate (sprout) within ten days (often earlier).
  4. 4. Your seed will produce a vine that will need to be caged or trained to maximize the fruit production - most tomato vines are about six feet in length.
  5. 5. The vine will produce little yellow flowers which are the beginning of the fruit - enjoy watching them grow.
  6. 6. Tomato vines and fruit usually mature in about 11 weeks depending on environmental conditions.
  7. 7. Pick when they are red and ripe. Small tomatoes that are in season are packed with flavor and nutrition.
  8. 8. Try out this salsa recipe with your new tomatoes from Gimme Some Oven (
  9. 9. Share your tomatoes with friends and neighbors.

Click here for the Rainbow Salsa Recipe (pictured above).




Author: Ada Nicole

A human rights worker in developing nations.