Annual Tomato Mania Plant Sale to Be Held April 7-8 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 70 varieties of tomato plants will be available at Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Mania plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.

Brandywine, Early Girl, Beefsteak, Homestead, Abe Lincoln Improved and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Bumble Bee Surprise, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project, one of several such hands-on courses offered by the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

The plants cost $7, with a quantity discount given for five or more plants.

This year the program is directed by a team of six students who have grown nearly 5,000 tomato plants from seed to provide home gardeners with quality plants that will produce fresh tomatoes throughout summer. Students began seeding the plants in early February and have tended to them in the campus greenhouses.

“Tomato Mania is a perfect example of what makes Cal Poly great,” said Gage Willey, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major. “This project throws a team of six students into a business — one that the community expects and relies on every year. That motivating pressure puts things into perspective and creates a real education.”

The sale will take place at the Environmental Horticultural Sciences Building (No. 48) on Via Carta Road off Highland Drive. Campus maps are available online at For more information, call 805-756-1106 or visit to see the full Tomato Mania 2018 catalog. Follow Cal Poly Tomato Mania on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Tomato plants shown at the campus greenhouse at Cal Poly.

Tomato plants shown at the campus greenhouses in the Horticulture Unit, where the plants are grown from seed starting in February.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

March 29, 2018

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