Farmer Jane

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Full Name
Miranda Thomas
Member for
7 months
Volunteer Background
Hi, I am the fourth generation of my family to farm on my property in Northern NY and while I am not certified, the crops are organic and the property is pollinator friendly. I raise a lot of fruits and vegetables, as well as meat, dairy and poultry. I haven't mowed a lawn in over a decade, just added or allowed more things to grow so I've got hundreds of species present here. Currently studying sustainable ag and ethnobotany.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I don't really have favorites, most things have their place. I rarely succeed at growing lettuce.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Plant breeding
Time Commitment
5-10 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Big backyard (2501 - 10,000 sq. ft)
Soil Details
I'm not sure if this matters, but I have a wooded area, part of it made slightly acidic from pines, as well as fresh water springs that feed a pond and create a bit of wet zone. Descriptions checked off on the growing location descriptions aren't all in one area. Chemicals I do use (rarely) - neem, sulphur, fermented garlic and hot pepper concoction that repelled an army worm invasion that destroyed the neighbors crops and defended my own.
Soil Type
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
corn, oats, apples
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
the above as well as radishes, and sometimes barley or wheat
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
they're pretty loyal to syngenta.
Other relevant information
I already grow rare corns and it both time consuming and rather exhausting mentally (I isolate by planting date and back it up by bagging and hand pollinating) so this isn't a crop I would want to take on.