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88 year old man harvests 2.3 kg heavy tomato

David Toppan came to Canada from Pordenone, Italy in 1956 and by 1957 at the age of 24 he was gardening for himself and family on his own. Gardening has been a huge part of David's life, giving him great joy, comfort, friendships and camaraderie, and it becomes evident the more you chat with him.

Recently David harvested a 5 lb tomato. This was not the first of its kind or size. In 2014, SooToday featured David's very impressive tomatoes after his daughter wrote in about them. In the last few years Toppan has downsized his garden.

"I wasn't going to plant this year but my grandson convinced me to. It is something I have been passionate about and it helps to pass the time," said Toppan who, now in his 89th year, has plenty to keep him occupied. His dedication to his garden remains as strong as ever.

"The seeds originally came over from Italy around 2006 from the Provence of Treviso in Northern Italy. Every year I salvage seeds from the current years growth, dry them and store them in the fridge to use in another planting in the following years. I learned later on that putting the seeds for cold storage in the fridge helps them to do better and last longer," he explains.


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