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Location:  Columbus, IN

The Digs:  Backyard, Community Garden, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Bok-choy, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Chinese cabbage, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Oregano, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Rosemary, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Turnips

Animals:  Cats, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I have had a garden for at least 15 years. I didn't grow up around farms but the urge to dig in the dirt hit me from the first moment my husband and I moved into our first home. We've moved a few times but have always managed to plant fruit trees, fruit plants and veggies. Several reasons caused us to expand our gardening the last few years. With our food cost the one variable we could control in our budget we expanded our garden to cut costs. Add in stories in the news abour recalled lettuce and tomatoes and the garden became larger. We have been reading alot about the food industry and are doing our part to ensure we know where some of our food comes from. Ideally one day we'll have the space we want and can become self sufficient. I enjoy trying new vegetables and learning new ways to cook them. I'm also learning how to grow heirlooms and save seed. Yet another way to reduce our food costs and know exactly where it came from. This is the first year we are trying to eat something out of the garden all year round and I believe we will achieve this goal!

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  • Posted by: Scott16475 on August 20th, 2013 at 02:58 pm

    Congrats, Farmer of the Day. I didn't grow up on a farm either but I sure do enjoy my urban farm.

 
  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on August 20th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Wonderful pics! What types of jam/jelly/preserves do you make? Voted!

 
  • Posted by: Wong88 on August 20th, 2013 at 06:52 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

 
 
  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

    If you’re not already getting your bimonthly issues of Urban Farm, you’re missing out on the guide on how to be more self-sufficient by growing some of your own food and treading lightly on the environment in the space you have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas. Subscribe today -- 1 year (6 issues) as low as $15.00.

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on November 3rd, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Congrats on be farmer of the day. I too have backyard garden beds and front yard container for flowers.

    Have a great garden day.

 
  • Posted by: lissakevin on November 3rd, 2010 at 10:39 am

    LOVE all the pics!!! I'm into canning, too, and i hope the magazine will have some good articles on food preservation! VERY inspiring!

 
  • Posted by: Groundbreaker on November 3rd, 2010 at 04:32 am

    Great goal! Good luck!

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on November 1st, 2010 at 01:20 pm

    Working toward be self suffient is an admireable goal. It's one that I don't think I will attain, but I certainly have simplified my lifestyle by growing some of my own food.

    Have a great harvest Day.

 
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