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SmallTimeFarmer

Location:  Rogue River, OR

Day Job:  www.DynamiteSpecialty.com/MitchMaceHall

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  My husband was gracious enough to clear out a small section of our already small back yard for some raised beds. My vegetables vary and in 2012 I'm adding an apothecary garden along my front walk. My faves to grow are heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, tomatillo, fresh herbs, as well as sunflowers for the birds.

Animals:  Cats, Chickens, Dogs, Ducks, Because of our small, urban back yard I only have 2 hens 2 rouen hens, and 2 pheasants on top of the 3 small dogs, 2 cats and 3 large tub of red wigglers for vermicomposting. My horse lives w/my folk's who's really just a great big dog per my dad. I miss my 5 acres, goats, turkeys, pigs and donkey, especially the space but I am very grateful for what I do have. I have recently added a pond (galvanized water feature) w/tadpoles, snails, goldfish and aquatic plants to the lot.

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Because I really do enjoy the way I feel when I collect eggs, even if there are only 2 a day. Being able to can my veggies before they go bad and having my family say "mmmmmmmm" when we sit down to home grown meals is a rewarding feeling. There's a sense of a job well done at the end of the day. www.DynamiteSpecialty.com/MitchMaceHall 100% Balanced Nutrition Innovation guided by nature, backed by science.

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  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on May 12th, 2013 at 02:28 pm

    Congrats to you!

 
  • Posted by: Wong88 on May 12th, 2013 at 08:01 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

 
  • Posted by: Cindyg on May 12th, 2013 at 06:51 am

    Congrats on Farmer of the Day!

 
  • Posted by: Misplaced Gardener on May 11th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Farming in the PNW, life is good.

 
  • Posted by: SmallTimeFarmer on November 30th, 2012 at 01:33 pm

    I'd still love to have bees, even if it's only one hive. I have added a rooster to the mix to my husband's irritation. I can't help it, my 2 lady's needed a friend and I like to hear him crow.

 
  • Posted by: SmallTimeFarmer on November 30th, 2012 at 01:30 pm

    Growing season of 2012 was not as pleasant as I had hoped. Out of 12 different heirloom tomato plants and several that re-seeded from last year, only a few produced. I brought 3 separate plants into the house before the frost hit, one is the Cream Sausage Paste Tomato, Black Cherry and Pineapple Tomato. They're slowly turning color on the vines however, they're not as tasty as they would be. Still good but....I did start all of my plants from seed and again we had a late spring. I feel badly about the poor tomatoes that had gotten a late start, like late July towards the end of August. They had lots of green fruit but weren't able to turn before the super cold. Sigh. It's never the same however, I'm looking forward to next year.

 
  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on November 29th, 2012 at 07:33 am

    Beautiful chickens! It's cool that you use vermicomposting. Voted

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on October 28th, 2012 at 09:44 am

    Hi Small Time Farmer. How did the tomatoes end up? I had the same type of tomato summer that you did but because we had a warm fall, I was able to pick quite a few last weekend. They had developed but not quite matured, and were not ripening because of the lack of sun at this time of year. Now they are sitting in a bowl in the house, and one by one, they are ripening. They still taste great! It's the harvest I thought I'd never have this year.

 
  • Posted by: SmallTimeFarmer on August 31st, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I'm not happy with the crazy weather we've had here in southern Oregon. Some of my heirloom tomatoes are just now starting to turn color and so many of my plants haven't even put out fruit! Ugh! Well, it doesn't help that I started from seed then took forever to get them into larger pots. My bad but still. Fall appears to be heading our way fast.

 
  • Posted by: Ricky & Sallie's Urban Farm on June 16th, 2012 at 03:08 pm

    Thanks for your post ...I havent been on for a while because of work ...work and more work...Right now in central fl it is hot and I am fighting insects like you would not believe ....I cant wait until the fall !!!

 
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