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BPC VP for College Advancement published in horticultural peer review

By Kelley M. Arnold

Director of News and Public Information

Norman Winter
Norman Winter

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s VP for College Advancement, Norman Winter, was recently published in the June 2010 issue of “HortTechnology”, a publication of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

The scientific article, “A Proposed Alternative Production Regime for Cherry and Grape Tomato Using Compact Plants and Once-over Harvest”, was co-authored by Winter and fellow Mississippi-based horticulturalists: Dr. Christine E. Coker, associate research professor at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Miss., Dr. William B. Evans, assistant research professor, and Vasile Cerven, postdoctoral associate, both from the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, Miss.

At the time the article was written and research conducted, Winter was employed as an extension instructor at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, Miss. The work was conducted under the USDA Hatch Project MIS-149090, and received additional support for the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station and the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center.


The research supports the use of a “compact, mounding yellow-fruited cherry tomato that produced more than 2 kg of fruit per plant in the first harvest” as an alternative to the traditional upright and unsupported commercial-grown tomato. Winter calls this tomato “Tumbling Tom”. The use of this alternative tomato, according to the authors, could “reduce the monetary and labor costs of production of cherry and grape tomatoes.”


Tumbling Tom tomato
Tumbling Tom tomato, the subject of Norman Winter’s latest co-authored article in the June 2010 issue of “HortTechnology”.

Winter has been BPC’s vice president for college advancement since January 2010. This unit of the college is largely in charge of fundraising as well as alumni and public relations and athletics. Winter admits the highlight of his joint publication in a horticultural scientific peer review may seem – as he puts it – “strange” but as a horticulturist and former executive director of the American Rose Society, this publication is a natural extension of his career. He is a syndicated garden columnist for 22 weekly newspapers, including publications from as far away as Washington State and California, to newspapers closer to BPC, such as The Macon Telegraph and The Ledger Inquirer in Columbus, Ga.


“In the academic world of publish or perish, consumer-driven articles are nice but it is the scientific publications that carries the most prestige,” explained Winter. “This article was submitted months ago and was approved for publication by peer review.”


“I’m sure BPC faculty and staff will find it strange that the vice president for college advancement is connected to a scientific article on tomatoes. On the other hand, they may find Tumbling Tom the perfect solution to having a few fresh tomatoes around the house. These are great for hanging baskets just like you might use for a fern. Instead, you’ll just walk out and harvest for tonight’s salad,” added Winter.


To access an abstract of the article go to: A monthly e-newsletter from the Office of College Advancement features horticultural and devotional articles by Winter. Subscription to this monthly newsletter, which will be delivered by email only in a PDF format, may be obtained by emailing and requesting the Baron Banner.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Based in Mount Vernon on a sprawling 300-plus acre historic campus, BPC has one external learning center in Newnan.



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Updated on: July 21, 2010 10:13 AM