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Urban Self-Sufficientist

Location:  Columbus, GA

Day Job:  Military

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Grapes, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Oregano, Potatoes, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Shiso, Okra,Chives, lemon grass, rosemary, sage, Sunflowers

Animals:  Cats, Chickens, Dogs, Rabbits

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I get durty because im addicted to buying seeds. Whenever I go into the market I buy seeds. I love to plant seeds and watch them grow. You can often times find me just staring at the dirt. The most beautiful process in the world is watching your compost turn into chocolate cake and sticking your hands in it to smell the earth. My wife thinks I should live outside. I just might take her up on that offer:) I believe Urban Farmers should stay connected, we have so much in common. It doesn't matter what part of the world you are from we all have the same reasons for getting Durty and loving it. I can be found blogging about my adventures at www.urbanself-sufficientist.blogspot.com and would love to follow fellow urban farmers on twitter. I can be reached @ussufficientist. Lets stay connected.


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  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on August 4th, 2015 at 04:02 pm

    Wow! Awesome looking little garden!

    Congrats on getting Farmer of the Day! Again!

  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

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  • Posted by: Urban Self-Sufficientist on March 26th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Im Selling veggie plants today. Back in January I started growing plants in my room to get a jump on the season and I wanted to sell some extra plants to help pay for my hooby. So far I have a lot of interest from people wanting to buy Vegetable plants. Great way to stay current and support your passion.

  • Posted by: Urban Self-Sufficientist on March 22nd, 2011 at 06:17 pm

    RG- Thanks for the comments. A few years ago I started on this journey and that blog has really helped me to track my process and meet some really cool people. I hope you enjoy and I look forward to learning from you as well.

  • Posted by: Urban Self-Sufficientist on March 22nd, 2011 at 06:14 pm

    City Girl- The fence is approx 4.5ft high. I had my fence guy install it while I was away and I wanted to go with a rustic clean look. He used rounded wooden post to make the whole fence. Im not sure what type of wire it is but it's rectangular in shape and can definately keep chickens in and dogs out. It's not easily pliable and pretty sturdy. He added the gate as well and all together it's very functional practical for an urban setup if you want to stear in the direction of Martha Stewart instead of Jeff Foxworthy:)

  • Posted by: Rainbow Garden on March 21st, 2011 at 03:32 am

    WOW I want to be you when i grow up!!! Your garden and sunroom are INTENSE!! you really have a great set up!! I'm heading over to your blog for some pointers!!!

  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on March 21st, 2011 at 03:30 am

    I like the fence that you have around your garden. I am looking into fencing my beds in since a local deer has decided that I have an open buffet just for him. How high is your fence and what type of wire did you use?

  • Posted by: Urban Self-Sufficientist on March 18th, 2011 at 08:57 pm

    CJ- On your question about rabbits.... Rabbits are great first of all. I truly believe they are the ideal urban farming animal. Whether you want to use them for meat or whether you want to use thier droppings to compost with. They are easy to take care and have basic needs that are not out of reach for an urban farmer. I will tell you though that the most critical aspect to raising rabbits would be the ability to give them fresh water regularly and keep them out of the elements. If you look on my blog I was able to create hutches on the back side of my privacy fence. The set up works great!! It gives me the ability to collect their droppings and use it in the garden. I can talk about this all day. If you have any questions hit me up. Goodluck to you.

  • Posted by: Urban Self-Sufficientist on March 18th, 2011 at 08:47 pm

    Thanks for all the comments. Urban Farming started out as a little project and went viral. It's a way of life that consumes everybit of our lives and has a impact on the decisions we make. Im very happy to be in the company of like minded individuals. Thanks for your acknowledgment.

  • Posted by: CJStAugustine on March 18th, 2011 at 04:02 pm

    Like what you wrote - I find myself looking at seeds now too!
    I love to go out into our garden area.
    We are getting a rabbit soon any advice?

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