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Claremont Homestead

Location:  Claremont, CA

Day Job:  Archaeologist

The Digs:  Backyard

Crops:  Heirloom tomatoes (multiple varities), garlic, lettuce, okra, herbs, peppers (bell and hot), amaranth, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, sunflowers, hops (4 kinds), fig, guava, citrus, plum, grapes, raspberry, black berry, onions, potatoes, corn, lakota squash, chard, spinach

Animals:  2 buff orpington, 2 ameracuan, rescue / battery bird, angora rabbit, fish for aquaponics garden

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  To give my son a connection to the food we eat.


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  • Posted by: Claremont Homestead on July 13th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I just finished cutting down all my strawberry popcorn and its drying in a bin.

    Now I need to figure out what to plant now that I have some space again.

  • Posted by: Claremont Homestead on July 13th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Wow, this is cool. Go camping and come back and won farmer of the day.

    Thanks everybody!

  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on July 12th, 2013 at 07:02 pm

    Nice chickens and produce! Voted.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on July 12th, 2013 at 04:56 pm

    Finally! Congratulations on being farmer of the day!

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on July 12th, 2013 at 04:41 pm

    Congrats to you!

  • Posted by: CraftMcGyver on July 12th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Congrats Farmer.

  • Posted by: Cindyg on July 12th, 2013 at 07:43 am

    Congrats on Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Wong88 on July 12th, 2013 at 07:17 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on July 6th, 2013 at 08:36 am

    I think you need to be farmer of the day, so I'll vote for you and let's see what happens. I salute you for getting into preserving. One year I went through a period of freezing produce (strawberries, peaches, broccoli, tomatoes...) for use in the winter but I have never had excess from my own garden that required that. In that case, I bought stuff at the market (2 doors down from my house). I tend to plant what I can eat but also haven't had super huge crops from what I plant, even though I planted 21 tomato plants. You'd think that would mean tons of tomatoes but last year, when we had really hot, dry weather, nothing produced very well in my yard. This is a very different spring/summer so far, with a lot more rain. I may have better luck with the tomatoes and squash this year, which are really starting to take off now. Wish me luck?

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