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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, Goats, Rabbits, Because of our small, urban back yard I only have 2 hens and a rabbit on top of the 3 small dogs, 1 cat and 1 large tub of red wigglers for vermicomposting. My horse, goat, 2 muscovy ducks and several roosters and hens live at my folk's. I miss my 5 acres, turkeys, pigs and donkey, especially the space but I am very grateful for what I do have. I plan on adding a honeybee hive next spring and I'm considering a few quail. I'd love to add some fruit trees other than our fig. I'll have to work some magic on my husband though.

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: Backyard Grower on May 18th, 2014 at 06:38 pm

    Great pics! Grilled watermelon? Interesting. Voted!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on May 18th, 2014 at 01:15 pm

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day? Was 2013 a better tomato year? How are things going in spring 2-14? I have started tomatoes and cucumber inside but unfortunately, not all of my seeds sprouted. Only one cucumber plant and none of the squash I tried to start sprouted. I have tomatoes but I'm disappointed in how many sprouted. I may buy some tomato plants, too.

 
  • Posted by: Dante on May 18th, 2014 at 01:09 pm

    Congratulation & my vote for you!
    Curiously, you said you only have a small space. How do you mean small? Cause sounds like you're able to maintain quite a bit. You must be a very good planner.

 
  • Posted by: DJO on May 18th, 2014 at 07:38 am

    Congrats on Farmer of the Day.

 
  • Posted by: Wong88 on May 18th, 2014 at 06:57 am

    Nice picture

 
  • 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.

 
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