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Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
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MikeD
Jan 30, 2015 9:52 PM CST
Having recently received my first acorns, I went to dress up my moniker with some of the spiffy microbadges I see everyone displaying, and as I scrolled down looking for the one I assumed would be an obvious offering, it was missing!

There is a large, and growing, gardening subculture who are not represented by a badge - Tomato Heads. You know who you are. We can't help it. Every year we add new (or in my case, old) tomato varieties to our growout lists. We congregate to form annual festivals to do nothing more that show off our successes, taste test, and snag more seeds. We are the ones willing to pay five dollars for a seed (just one time, but remember the 'Marianna's Peace' craze a few years back?!?!)

Anyway, my suggestion is to create a microbadge (Tomato Head?) and to discourage the standard gardener who simply grows a tomato plant or two, price it higher (10 acorns? More?).

Comments . . . suggestions?

~Mike
Founder and the man of many hats at the Victory Seed Company

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 30, 2015 10:35 PM CST
Wow, I can't wait to see a 'Tomato Head'. Can we have a badge for that @dave? Hurray!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 31, 2015 7:35 AM CST
My brother is for sure a tomato head!
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jan 31, 2015 8:21 AM CST
Trying to picture the badge?? Maybe a tomato with a face or at least eyes , maybe like Bob the tomato on veggie tales?

Will be watching Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 31, 2015 8:30 AM CST

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I was thinking Bob from Veggie Tales. Smiling I drew a badge and here it is!

http://garden.org/special/badges/badge.php?bn=TomatoHeads
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jan 31, 2015 8:41 AM CST
nodding
That is great !!!, makes me smile Smiling


You are good
Thanks
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Jan 31, 2015 10:32 AM CST
Dave that is so wonderful and fun. Cinda I agree, it makes my smile too. Smiling
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Jan 31, 2015 12:00 PM CST
Love it!
Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
Vegetable Grower Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Oregon Seed Starter Herbs Garden Photography
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MikeD
Jan 31, 2015 12:19 PM CST
Very cool :)
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jan 31, 2015 12:50 PM CST
Now there's a microbadge that stands out!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Jan 31, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Oh Mike, it looks wonderful. Hurray!
Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
Vegetable Grower Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Oregon Seed Starter Herbs Garden Photography
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MikeD
Jan 31, 2015 2:02 PM CST
Thank you @valleylynn, but Dave gets the credit for how it looks Smiling If you are talking about how it looks under my name, I agree, it does look wonderful :)

Now hopefully I can start identifying the really hardcore "Tomato Heads" at ATP to recruit into helping me flesh out the tomato database Sticking tongue out I had ulterior motives behind this microbadge proposal . . . buhwaaahhhahaha (that was supposed to be a Dr. Evil laugh).
Founder and the man of many hats at the Victory Seed Company

Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

Tomato Heads
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texaskitty111
Jan 31, 2015 2:41 PM CST
Good news: i too am a tomatohead. If fact it's the first micribadge i ever really wanted.
Bad news: dave took your suggestion about making it worth 10 acorns, and i only have 9. There's nothing of interest in my yard to take a picture of, either.
Angry
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Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Jan 31, 2015 2:48 PM CST

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These are all the ways to earn acorns:
http://garden.org/special/acorns/
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Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
Vegetable Grower Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Oregon Seed Starter Herbs Garden Photography
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MikeD
Jan 31, 2015 3:03 PM CST
@texaskitty111 . . . Hopefully you have 10 now :)
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 31, 2015 3:09 PM CST
Now that is a truly useful badge. I just saw this but count me in. I will be going over to buy that badge immediately. And I love the way that it looks.

I am obsessed by my tomatoes each year and grow over 60 plants. That is a lot for one person on a typical suburban lot. Yes, I am crazy for those home grown tomatoes!
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

Tomato Heads
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texaskitty111
Jan 31, 2015 3:12 PM CST
Hurray!
I'm a tomato head too!
Thanks for all who send some, but please stop. I will earn them like everyone else
Thank You!
Cauliflower is just a cabbage with a college education (mark twain)
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 31, 2015 3:52 PM CST
MikeD said:Thank you @valleylynn, but Dave gets the credit for how it looks Smiling If you are talking about how it looks under my name, I agree, it does look wonderful :)

Now hopefully I can start identifying the really hardcore "Tomato Heads" at ATP to recruit into helping me flesh out the tomato database Sticking tongue out I had ulterior motives behind this microbadge proposal . . . buhwaaahhhahaha (that was supposed to be a Dr. Evil laugh).


Mike, the way it looks on all of your posts. Hurray!
And just look, it is already catching on. Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
Vegetable Grower Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Oregon Seed Starter Herbs Garden Photography
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MikeD
Jan 31, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Thank you @valleylynn :)
Founder and the man of many hats at the Victory Seed Company

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 31, 2015 5:37 PM CST
Thumbs up
So glad you asked for it.

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