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Location:  Portland, OR

Day Job:  Domestic Goddess/Educational Facilitator (I run the household, garden, and homeschool our kid!)

The Digs:  Backyard, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Corn, Garlic, Grapes, Green beans, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Potatoes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Leeks, Onions, Pluots, Sunflowers,

Animals:  Chickens, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  What started as a desire to grow a few veggies has turned into a full-blown family plan to become urban homesteaders. We've doubled our production in the three years since we've started, and hope to double it again this next year.

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  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on April 22nd, 2013 at 09:10 am

    Sounds like you caught the gardening bug! Beautiful flowers. Voted!

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on April 22nd, 2013 at 02:05 am

    Congrats to you!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 2nd, 2012 at 06:26 pm

    I agree that sunflower was fabulous! How's it going with your urban homestead plan?

  • Posted by: Firefly on June 13th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Thanks! That was one of the sunflowers from our garden last year. :)

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  • Posted by: countrygirl615 on May 23rd, 2011 at 05:17 pm

    Haha i like your sunflower!

  • Posted by: Nicole on April 26th, 2011 at 01:02 pm

    Such a beautiful sunflower!!

  • Posted by: Firefly on December 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the congrats! Dave, the pluot tree was here when we bought the house 3 1/2 years ago (and the ONLY edible here!) We'd eaten pluots before, though, and were happy to finally have our own tree.

    And like you, we also have raised beds, though we've begun adding perennial veggies, fruiting bushes, and fruit trees as part of the landscape.

  • Posted by: Green Desert on December 7th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Great job, terrific example for your kids and congratulations on Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on December 7th, 2010 at 06:39 am

    Congrats on being farmer of the day. I had to look up a Pluot on the internet to see what that was. Interesting fruit it is. A cross between a plum and apricot looks kind of like a spotted plum. What made you decide to grow a hybrid fruit?

    Have a great Pluot growing day.

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