The West Virginia 63 or 'The People's Tomato' is special for many reasons. The tomato was bred by Professor Gallegly from West Virginia University in West Virginia in 1962. It was unveiled in 1963 as part of West Virginia's centennial celebration. It is also resistant to blight which is a concern for many gardeners.
Professors from the Davis College of Agriculture are celebrating the tomatoes 50th birthday and West Virginia's 150th birthday by providing the community with a supply of seeds.
"It's also good in soups and salads. Most any way you like a tomato you'll like a West Virginia 63 tomato," said Professor Barton Baker, the Division Director of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the Davis College of Agriculture. "The big thing about the West Virginia 63 tomato is that it's resistant to blight and every year many of the tomatoes that are planted or home grown will get blight but this tomato does not."
If you want to have some of 'WVU's Seeds of History' just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
PO Box 6108
WVU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108