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Location:  Reno, NV

Day Job:  Securities and Currency Trading

The Digs:  Containers

Crops:  Cucumbers, Melons, Tomatoes, Looking to add broccoli, Bok-choy, squash, eggplant etc, when I get more planter boxes in the spring.

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  To learn, so I can to do it on a larger scale when I get some land one day soon. I want to give my kids a place to enjoy and learn from, so they too can be self sufficient and grow their own food if they so choose. I enjoy reading about hydroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, earthbag construction, sustainable ranching and fodder systems. I'd ultimately like to teach these sustainable techniques to whomever wants to learn. Imagine how much less produce and food would need to be imported, if we all did did a little of this stuff ourselves.

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  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 1st, 2014 at 08:33 am

    Hi SierraTahoeDad. Are you still living in Reno?

  • Posted by: Wall 2 Wall Sheep& BorderCollies Pete & Lorna Wall on December 1st, 2013 at 02:37 pm

    Checked out your site! Great! Actually I grew up in Northern Alberta ... north of Edmonton towards Jasper.... and lived most of my life in very northern locations... I believe...! Lorna : )

  • Posted by: Wall 2 Wall Sheep& BorderCollies Pete & Lorna Wall on December 1st, 2013 at 02:18 pm

    No, have not seen any Squaches... but near here they do believe that there are some interesting unexplained... an you can get lost in no time at all... even in your own 160 acres! I once went hunting wayward goats and the neighbors really reprimanded my hubby as apparently there are huge !!!! wolves... as tall as a pick-up! And we do have big cats, bears, etc.... we have guardian dogs, AKBASH, that keep us safe. You mentioned looking for land.. when you are ready... ours is for sale : ) .... the weird thing was about the snowblower being towed behind a go-cart kind of thing! LOL we did fencing with a door towed behind a lawnmower... to keep your feet off the ground so that the high voltage wires over head didn't short you out on the electric fence! LOL Hubby uses the skid steer to drag a (can't think of what it is called LOL) thing that is pokey and spreads dirt/manure and breaks up the clumps... We don't have a tractor so we utilize what we have! Use a chain & pick-up trailer hitch to pull posts out of ground, truck to pull bales around to feed animals.... Lorna

  • Posted by: cse on October 12th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    How are you doing? I think it's nice that you got to see salukis running wild in Saudi Arabia. Must be quite a sight!

    We have increased our saluki pack to 2! We had a saluki meet here last month and ended up keeping a puppy. He's a cousin to mine and he's such a happy boy and has fit in quite well.

    I think it will be fun watching them run free together. Have fun with your critters!

    Leaving a vote for you.

  • Posted by: cse on July 13th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks for stopping by with congratulations for my farmer of the day win. I'm glad you like the garden. It's doing really well now that it's hot here and no longer freezing.

    So, you fostered salukis? That is really cool! It's not very often that someone recognizes my dog.

    I'd love to see more photos of your setup.

    Leaving a vote for you.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on June 30th, 2013 at 07:32 am

    Given your imminent move to NC, does that mean you haven't been able to garden this summer? Are you going to be RaleighDad now? I've always liked your SierraTahoeDad name. It has a nice ring to it.

  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on May 16th, 2013 at 01:33 pm


    I wanted to thank you for congradulating me on Farmer of Day today. I was really appreciated it. Hope your new homestead in NC turns out great for your family!

  • Posted by: Veganurbanfarmer on May 5th, 2013 at 05:46 am

    Responding to your question about permaculture: I've been independently studying it for over year now. I'm not sure what you have read but there are multiple places online as well as books that can provide you with information on attracting beneficial and predatory insects into your garden. I will look into my books and get back to you. In the meantime' there is a great book by John Jeavons called How to Grow More Vegetables that you need to own if you don't already. It is about Biointensive gardening, which works very well within a permaculture system.

  • Posted by: Renee on April 29th, 2013 at 03:17 pm

    Hi! I wish I could help you! When I lived in that area (Durham) I didn't garden and always had trouble with the soil on my land ~ a lot of clay. But that was my experience; I'm sure yours will be better!

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on April 27th, 2013 at 01:20 pm

    Found out that I will be relocating for sure this summer from NV to Raleigh, NC. I look forward to getting my hands dirty!

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