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Neighbors Think I'm Crazy!

Location:  Cicero, IL

Day Job:  Self-Employed and Housewife

The Digs:  Backyard

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Cabbage, Chile Peppers, Collards, Grapes, Jalepeno Peppers, Lettuce, Mint, Peaches, Squash, Thyme, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Lemon Balm

Animals:  Cats, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  My husband is a chiropractor and we have always been interested in natural health and that has progressed to an interest in having more control of our food and environment. I come from a long line, on both sides, of farmers. I want chickens so bad but the town would come and take them in a second. My neighbors already think I'm weird - we garden, compost, rain barrel, hang our laundry to dry, etc.

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  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on August 17th, 2013 at 07:59 pm

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day! How's the garden in 2013?

  • Posted by: Das Haus on August 17th, 2013 at 05:15 pm

    Yeah - I think we're all 'crazy'! We do all the same things you do and added chickens to the mix this year. Check out The Chicken Chick's blog -- she chronicles her battle with City Hall on allowing chickens within her city's limits. Lots of great stuff on there which we plan to use if we're ever turned in by our 'non-crazy' neighbors.

  • Posted by: clr on August 17th, 2013 at 04:01 pm

    congrats on famer of the day-- my neighbors also think im crazy-- its ok you get used to it!

  • Posted by: Wall 2 Wall Border Collies on August 17th, 2013 at 02:31 pm

    Love the kitty pics! Voted for you... Congrats on farmer of the day!

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on August 17th, 2013 at 02:01 pm

    Congrats to you!

  • Posted by: Wong88 on August 17th, 2013 at 07:46 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Green Sanity on August 17th, 2013 at 06:28 am

    Crazy? I think they are crazy for not enjoying the fruits of a little work! My neighbors call me "Farmer Russ" because I have a small garden. They can mock me...but they are nice when I give them a few of my tomatoes! Congrats on being Farmer of the Day.

  • Posted by: Green Desert on November 1st, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Don't give the neighbors any reason to NOT think you're crazy. They leave you alone that way.

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