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  • #13 Newsletter Spring 2022
    • News from the Southern Hemisphere Weigh Offs
    • Understanding Soil Nutrients – by Cecil Weston
    • Feel Good About Your Seeds – Gary W. Felming
    • GPF – Grower’s Forum Another year of pumpkins
    • PGVG Spring Meeting Recap
    • Joe Needs YOUR Data – by Joe Ailts
    • A Guide to Tomato Seed Selection – by Scott Leurs
    • Remembering GPC Hall of Fame Grower Geneva Emmons
    • The Dirt: Things Dug Up From….
  • #12 Newsletter Winter 2022
    • Giant Pumpkin Growing Tips – by Cecil Weston
    • The World Record 2164 Squash – by Todd & Donna Skinner
    • McCaslin’s Method for Grafting Watermelon – by Nick McCaslin
    • Scoring the GPC Master Gardener: What if….? – by Jack La Rue
    • Ten B&W Photographs – 2021 – by Mark Mourlas
    • Remembering Matt Marose – by Matt Marose
    • California Pumpkin Growers Club News – by Brian Meyers
    • Remembering Dave McCallum  – by Bob & Elaine MacKenzie
    • No-Dig Revisted by – Bradley Wurtsten
    • 2022 Virtual – GPC International Growers Convention – Agenda
  • #11 Newsletter Fall 2021
    • Monster Pumpkin Heavier Than a Small Car Breaks World Record – by Adam Millward 
    • Stefano Cutrupi is the 2021 GPC Grower of the Year
    • 2021 GPC Master Gardner World Champion: Cindy Tobeck
    • Tribute to a Giant Among California Growers: Jack Vezzolo – by Ken “Turkey Man” Mitchell
    • 150 Contest Results 2021
    • Big Pumpkins Team Tomato Challenge
    • Growing the 2201 in a Season of Challenges and Setbacks – by Ron Wallace
    • Jay Yohe & His Record Long Gourd Growing Tips
    • How I Grew a 1911 Pound Pumpkin – by Dave Chan
    • Successful Season – by Christine Nolan
    • Elk Grove GPF Giant Pumpkin Festival – Oct 2 & 3, 2021 Elk grove Park
    • Nut Tree Weigh-Off: An Awesome Event – by Brian Meyers
    • River Prarie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival Celebrates Growers and Weighs Two One-Ton Pumpkins! – by Roy Atkins
    • My Fiest Pumpkin. Weigh-Off – by David Gardiner
    • Congratulations Todd & Donna Skinner – New World Record Squash 
    • Jack’s Stats: New Site Records
  • #10 Newsletter Summer 2021
    • Giant Watermelons Can Grow up North – by Andy Wolf
    • Tribute to the First Lady of Tomatoes: Minnie Zaccaria
    • Marvin Meisner Remembered – by Larry Checkon
    • Remembering Steve Handy – by Cindy Tobeck
    • Patrick Teichmann’s World Record for Most Giant varieties – by Patrick Teichmann
    • What Growing Giants Means to Me –  by Hayden Rouse
    • How My Growing Season is Going So Far – by Henry Swenson
  • #9 Newsletter Spring 2021
    • Giant pumpkin Fertility: Nitrogen & Sulfur – by Joe Ailts
    • Paul Rochester, World Champion Leek Grower – by Paul Rochester
    • The Elite AG Ancestors of 2020
    • Exciting NEW California Weigh-off!
    • The 150 Square Foot Pumpkin (Green or Orange) Contest for 2021
    • Andy Corbin Retires from the GPC Committee
    • 2021 Tomato Team Challenge – by Steve Marley aka Porkchop
  • #8 Newsletter Winter 2021
    • Ian & Stuart Paton: 2020 Growers of the Year!
    • GPC Top 30 out of 111 Qualifiers of 3+ Atlantic Giant Entries – Champion Ian & Stuart Paton
    • 2020 Inductee into the Hall of Fame – Don Young
    • 2020 Inductee into the Hall of Fame – Andy Wolf
    • Where We Are No with Green Squash in 2020 – by Joe Jutras
    • GPC Top Ten out of 56 Qualifiers Master Gardeners – Champion Joe Jutras
    • No – Dig – by Bradley Wursten
    • GPC Category Champions 2020
    • GPC 2020 Site Top 10 Champion: Safeway Half Moon Bay World Championship
    • The Challenge of Growing in Colorado – by Leif Ritter
    • GPC 2020Rookie of the Year: Madison Thomson
    • Kelly Klinker Retires from the GPC Committee
    • Preseason Tomato Preparations – by Jack LaRue
  • #7 Newsletter Fall 2020
    • Growing the World Record Bushel Gourd – by Steve Connolloy
    • Grower Q&A with World Champion Marrow Grower Mark Baggs
    • The Race to 3000 lbs: Data Still Says 2024 Growing Season – by Joe Ailts
    • Crown Gall: An Unusual Disease of Giant Pumpkins – by Lee Roof
    • Ridgefield Weigh-Off 2020 – by Chuck Maydan
    • River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival – by Roy Atkinson
    • For Jacob Marintzer, 2020 was the BEST YEAR EVER! By Jacob Marintzer
    • Gary Miller and Jack LaRue Retire from the GPC Committee
    • 2020 Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival Weigh-Off
    • Al Berard – Affectionally Known as ‘Godfather of Pumpkin Growing in Maine’ Passes Away
    • The Journey of the Tiger King – by Travis Geinger
    • The Jacket – by Jeff Theil
    • A Very Special Season – by Patrick Teichmann
    • Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkins Growers Event a Huge Success! – by Tim Parks
    • Tomatoes 2020: An Awesome Season – by Jack LaRue
    • An Amazing Season and Stillwater Win – Charlie Bernstrom
    • A Pumpkin Tale – by John Hoepfner
    • Best Year for Richard Smith
    • An Interview with Cindy Tobeck – by Ron Barker
    • My AVGVG Personal Best Record – by Stewart Banks
    • Union County 4-H Giant Pumpkin Club – by Jacob Williams
    • Portugal Grower Has a Record Season – by Jos Rui Almeida Santos
    • Fred Hogg’s Guess the Weight Pumpkin
  • #6 Newsletter Summer 2020
    • Yellow leaves? It Might Be Genetics! – by Becky Sideman
    • Growing the 2261 Schmit – by Mike Schmit
    • Preemptive Strike Against Foaming Stump – by Woody Lancaster
    • Chris Lyons – 2020 GVGO (Giant Vegetable Growers of Ontario) Hall of Fame Inductee
    • Youuu Might Not Be Feeding Enough! – by Woody Lancaster & Jeff Foxworthy
    • Pumpkin Plants Helping Monarchs – by Todd Kline
    • University of New Hampshire – Disease Management Webinar for Giant Pumpkin Growers
    • In Memoriam – Gerard Ansems – Steam Mill, Nova Scotia
    • In Memory of Gabriele Bartoli
    • Tip of the Vine with Don Young
    • NEW – GPC Master Gardner Systems! – by Scott Holub and Jack LaRue
    • Mike Schmit : bigpumpkins.com – Featured Growers Chat
  • #5 Newsletter Spring 2020
    • Viva Las Vegas! 2020 International Growers Convention – by Cindy Tobeck
    • 2020 Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Hall of Fame – by Cindy Tobeck
      • Mr. Jim Sherwood
      • Mr. Frank Mudd
      • Mr. John Barlow
      • Mr. Ian and Mr. Stuart Paton
      • Past inductees who were in attendance honored with medals – Dave Stelts, Steve Daletas, Joe Jutras, Steve Connolly, and Jack LaRue
    • 2020 International Growers Convention Awards Listing – by Cindy Tobeck
    • The Dirt – Things Dug Up from Bigpumpkins.com
    • Southern Growers’ Meeting – by Susie Zuerner
    • California Giant Pumpkin Growers’ Seminar – by Cindy Tobeck
    • Reports from the Sothern Hemisphere
    • My 155.67” World Record Long Gourd Grown in Serbia – by Goran Lazic
    • Meet Chris Brown
    • 150 sq. Foot Challenge
  • #4 Newsletter Winter 2019 
    • What It Takes To Grow a World Record Tomato – by Steve Marley …. aka Porkchop
    • Close …. But No Cigar The 205 Pound Field Pumpkin – by Bradley Wursten, The Netherlands
    • New York Botanical Gardens Treats Giant Pumpkin Growers Like Royalty – by Cindy Tobeck
    • The GPC Master Gardener Award – by Jack LaRue
    • North Carolina State Fair Breaks Records – by Susie Zuerner 
    • An 11-Year Old’s First Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off – by Abbey Reed
    • New Oregon State Record Long Gourd at Bauman Farms in 2019 – by Matt Sekreta
    • Dublin Ohio Wigh Off October 13th Sets a New Michigan State Record – by Don Black
    • Smiles and Sunshine Abound at the Half Moon Bay World Championship Weigh Off – by Cindy Tobeck
    • Inaugural Event in Wisconsin a Big Hit! – by Roy Atkinson
    • The 2019 SNGPG Frerichs Weigh Off – by Steve Connolly and Ron Wallace
    • The Elite Gene Pool of 2019
    • The Dirt 
  • #3 Newsletter Fall 2019
  • #2 Newsletter Summer 2019 
  • #1 Newsletter Spring 2019