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Redqueen

Location:  Lava Hot Springs, ID

Day Job:  wildlife biologist

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Black currants, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherries, Chile Peppers, Collards, Green beans, Kale, Lettuce, Mint, Mustard Greens, Peas, Potatoes, Raspberries, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips

Animals:  Cats, Chickens, Dogs, Goats, llamas

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I love the satisfaction of eating food that I've produced myself. My favorite meals are the ones where I can look at my plate and know nothing came from the store. We live in a suburban/rural area, but have returned most of our property to wildlife habitat, and are intensively using a small lot, planting raised beds, collecting rainwater, and using the composted materials that come from our chickens and the llamas we board for a friend. we've been able to donate or sell surplus veggies and eggs to the co op, and hope to expand a little more each year. my ultimate goal is to be able to not purchase food for a year.

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  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on April 29th, 2012 at 03:53 am

    Congrats on being Farmer of the Day! Being that you are a Wildlife Biologist, I was wondering what your thoughts were on the possible existence of a Bipedal primate in North America? Silly question, yes. I'm a hobbyist who spends many days at a time out in the Sierras, investigating and searching for evidence.... I saw what your day job was ans just had to ask! LOL. My site is www.sierratahoebigfoot.com

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 28th, 2012 at 08:07 am

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day. Hope your gardens are doing well.

 
  • Posted by: Wong88 on April 28th, 2012 at 07:22 am

    What are you currently working on?

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 27th, 2012 at 05:17 am

    I love your story. As much as I like to have gardens and grow stuff, my dream has always been to have enough space for a meadow of native flowers and grasses (or whatever grows when you let it). Some of my favourite plants are what some would call weeds. I'd really like to hear how it's been going with your digs.

 
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  • Posted by: ergo on May 26th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Have you studied Permaculture at all? You're living the dream! Keep it on :)

 
  • Posted by: Shellie on March 21st, 2011 at 08:26 pm

    I love your goal. Keep up the good work!

 
  • Posted by: Tracy1002 on March 11th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Thank You for your comment. I love your goal.

 
  • Posted by: MyRubberBoots on February 21st, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Wow, what a great goal - not purchasing food for a year. I may need to start small and work my way up to a year. We would most likely need to be vegetarians. I don't think I could eat my chickens. ;)

 
  • Posted by: Rainbow Garden on December 6th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I love the idea of gradual expansion and I share your goal. I want to be able to provide for my family and friends in the event it is needed so breaking our dependence on the supermarket is something we focus on daily.
    What does it take to board Llamas? I would love to have a few when we get more land, but I assume they are a lot of work?

 
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