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Tomato guru shines at Kane Street Garden

George Fulford is easy to spot as he works amid some 500 tomato plants at the Kane Street Community Garden on La Crosse’s North Side.

His tall-crown straw hat rises just above the head-high plants that are trained between double lines of twine woven between steel fence posts in the rows. He calls it the Florida Weave method and it takes him and other volunteers at the garden hours of tedious stringing to keep ahead of the vigorous plants during the summer using more than three miles of twine.

On a recent day, though, as tomato production reached its peak, George set a colorful table amid the greenery of the gardens that are located hard by the railroad tracks and George Street on the north side. A cluster of cup plants lofted their palm-size yellow blossoms as a backdrop to the round table filled with paper plates of red, yellow and gold tomato slices and a container of multi-colored cherry tomatoes.

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