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Location:  Portland, OR

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Collards, Cucumbers, Figs, Garlic, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Kale, Lavender, Lemons, Lettuce, Oregano, Potatoes, Rosemary, Thyme, Tomatoes, Kiwi Fruit, Limes, Onions, Shallots, Assorted peppers, chives, garlic chives, tarragon, sweet bay (Laurus nobilis), marjoram

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I believe that everyone who can raise some of their own food should. I've been gardening for over 20 years and there's nothing better than homegrown produce. It's also great to be able to share my bounty with Food Banks, friends, and neighbors.


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  • Posted by: Dante on July 12th, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations for being Farmer Of The Day!
    Love the use of rain barrels. Have seven of them myself. Two-to-three under each downspout. In winter they go in the basement & used for indoor plant watering.

    And, before we bought the new fangled "water saver" clothes washer, used rain water to fill the washer. Saved a lot in water cost.

  • Posted by: Morag on July 12th, 2015 at 06:59 am

    Congrats on FOD! Your garden looks amazing. Great rain barrel system.

  • Posted by: Alan on October 3rd, 2012 at 05:06 pm

    (Smiles and bows graciously) Thank you, one and all, for this signal honor.

  • Posted by: Wong88 on October 3rd, 2012 at 09:05 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Jenna on October 3rd, 2012 at 01:28 am

    Love your pictures and congratulations on farmer of the day!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on January 21st, 2012 at 08:34 am

    Love your pictures, Alan. You must have really great growing conditions because everything in your gardens looks so lush.

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  • Posted by: Coralrocks on May 6th, 2011 at 03:02 pm

    Alan, I got your message. Thanks for the reply. I find your rain barrel system to be very elaborate and probably too complicated for myself. I'm just getting set up with a system myself. Good Luck,

  • Posted by: Urban Farm Managing Editor on March 1st, 2011 at 05:33 am

    Hi, Alan. You're our Urban Farm T-shirt winner for my February Farmer in the City "friends"! Please either send me an inbox message here or an email at uf@bowtieinc.com with your address and the size T-shirt you'd like. Congratulations!

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