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Location:  Victoria, BC

Day Job:  Writer

The Digs:  Backyard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chinese cabbage, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Gourds, Green beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Oregano, Pears, Peas, Potatoes, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Turnips

Animals:  Cats, Chickens, Dogs, Ducks, Goats, Ridley Bronze turkeys, Large Black Hogs, sheep

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I was curious just how much we could produce from our large back yard - I have about an acre available for farming. Turns out, you can squeeze a lot into a very small space! I am fortunate to live on a street right at the edge of suburbia, so I am able to lease additional land (not large amounts, but an acre here and there) which makes all the difference when it comes to finding space for the larger livestock. I use portable pens for turkeys and chickens and movable electric fencing for the goats and hogs. It can be very labour intense to keep moving everyone, but what else would I be doing with my day?


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  • Posted by: KC on December 6th, 2014 at 12:13 am

    congrats! Voted :)

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  • Posted by: rgarr734 on August 29th, 2010 at 07:51 pm

    what breed is your goat? we raise dairy breeds and boer goats in this are and some spanish

  • Posted by: lissakevin on August 23rd, 2010 at 04:22 pm

    gorgeous goat!!!!

  • Posted by: Squash Blossoms on June 4th, 2010 at 06:18 am

    Hello from a fellow writer. Nothing like a farm to provide grist for the mill! Best of luck.

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