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NCC student enters Tomato Challenge

Andrew Lachs, 20, is throwing his hat into

Andrew Lachs, 20, is throwing his hat into the tomato ring. Credit: Handout

Andrew Lachs of Massapequa Park is a music major at Nassau Community College who’s new to the gardening scene. ”It all started two years ago when someone brought me some homegrown hot peppers,” he told me. “I had to try and do it myself.”

This year, Lachs, 20, is growing four tomato plants for the first time -- grape, patio, beefsteak and cherry. “I do everything organic and I made a soil mixture of my own compost, composted manure, peat moss, top soil, and some pearlite for drainage,” he said. “I would really love to enter and try to win the Great Tomato Challenge.”

This year’s challenge will be held at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Are you in? Send a photo and details about your tomatoes to, and you might be featured next.


Photo: Andrew Lachs in his garden plot.


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