Gardeners Sharing their Knowledge and Joy

Hope this is helpful in creating food not bought

Gardening

Learn techniques to increase your food not bought.

Agricultural Therapy

Learn how we work with the elderly and veterans to spread the healing power of gardening.

Ivan Tomato Rescue

Discover the Journey to Saving a Tomato

Food Diversity

What is happening to our food supply and why is it important to save heirloom varieties.

The Story of how we saved the Ivan Tomato

This story of how we saved the Ivan tomato is a great read.  It helps to put the sets that lead to our journey into perspective.  How did we take this tomato we loved and make it a tomato that can now be found in 46 states and 6 countries outside the USA. Discover the...

From Indiegogo to Farmers Market

The story of the Ivan Tomato Rescue Project is a fun journey through the process of growing an agricultural start up.  Our goal is always been to grown a sustainable agriculture business that saves well loved family heirlooms food producing plants from extinction and...

Growing the Rock Star Plants

Each year, as gardeners we grow all sorts of plants in our victory gardens. We grow ones we have grown before that did well and we tend to grown new plants that sounds good.  However, how do we know which plants will bring us the biggest bang for our garden space....

From Kitchen Window to Market Booth

Year two of the Ivan Tomato Rescue Project has been a blast.  We have been growing this company very organically, pun intended....  The path has been rather curvy but we learn more with each wayward step. Read about how we went from last years best practices to...

Amish Plant Action Adventures

Have you ever been to a plant auction?  Last year was my first time at one and I probably made every rookie mistake that I could make.  I learn a lot and what I learned was that I did not have a clue what I was doing. Read more in my Heirloom Gardener Food Not Bought...

We are the Victory Gardeners

This is our second year as the Victory Gardeners.  We find Missouri's Family Heirloom Food producers gems and bringing them back into the market.  Yet who are each of us individually and why do we work so well together as a team? This year's team is made up...

Markets Where You Can Find US

Victory Gardeners - Ivan Tomato Rescue Project will be at the following Markets The Columbia Farmers Market  ARC 1701 West Ash, Columbia MO Saturday 8am-12pm April 15 2017- May 20th 2017     Baker Creek Planting Festival 2278 Baker Creek Road, Mansfield, MO May 7-8...

The Non-Gardener’s Guide to Gardening, Volume 1

  I must admit that I had absolutely zero interest in gardening for the first 44 years of my life.  For the past two years, my interest has been growing slowly.  This timeline corresponds with my wife’s decision to start her own gardening business about two years...

Food Not Bought Blog and Heirloom Gardener

I am so excited to say I am blogging for Heirloom Gardener.  I started a blog called Food Not Bought.  Food Not Bought, is a blog that will cross over from the Ivan back and forth across the garden.  It will cover topics of the kitchen and how to build a pantry full...

Dirtfoot, The Music Behind the Ivan Tomato

The music behind the Ivan has a special story all to itself.  The music in our video's is by a fantastic band Dirtfoot.  Dirtfoot describes themselves as a Front Porch, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie Band.  They hail out of Louisiana and are a...

Ivan Support – You can help today.

How can you help. Here are some great ways a few dollars and your effort can make the big difference for the Ivan Tomato Rescue Project. Support our Indiegogo Campaign today.  http://igg.me/at/ivantomatorescueproject/x/1912433 We would like to see Ivan Tomatoes in...

Save The Ivan, The Right Thing To Do

This journey to save the Ivan has been dynamic and makes you understand the power of Karma.  I knew I had a passion for this incredible tomato because of how resistant it was to disease, how prolific the harvest and how wonderful the taste.  I connected with the story...

Waste Not Want Not – Can It

Over the last couple of years I have worked towards a concept of less waste of food. I made the commitment to use what I have, well.  This sounds easy, however as an avid gardener I have a lot of food that matures in fits and starts.   I also like to make rather...

Learning to make Sauerkraut, Farmer Dan

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending one of Farmer Dan’s famous sauerkraut classes.    It was held at the newly restored Grand Station in Hartsburg Missouri. Now as you may know, I am a bit obsessed with canning and preserving food.  I grow many things in my...