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Full Name
Mathew Trotter
Member for
2 weeks 6 days
Volunteer Background
PNW native. Have been gardening since I was big enough to pick up a shovel. I'm currently stewarding a 93-acre farm which is being developed into a forest garden.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I love to grow uncommon species/varieties and pushing the limits of crops into the more northerly latitudes. As for annuals, I especially love to grow beans, squash, and cucumbers for their abundant yields. My current fascination is with finding/developing perennial starch crops.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Plant breeding
Time Commitment
2-5 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Really big field (5+ acres)
Soil Details
Soil conditions vary depending on which part of the property we're on. The elevation ranges from about 300-800 feet, with the most disturbed soils being a heavy clay, and the least disturbed soils having at least a foot of good topsoil from a base of basalt and conifer detritus with some oak, alder, maple, and a smattering of other species mixed in. There are several natural streams, both above ground and underground, seasonal and year round. A variety of hills, valleys, shade, full sun, etc. Climatic conditions aside, there's a good spot for most species somewhere on the property.
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
No neighbors within 1/4 mile
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
No crops within a mile, at least none without a significant physical barrier
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Wheat and sweet corn are the only relatively nearby crops. The varieties are likely hybrid, but unlikely to be GMOs.
Other relevant information
Because of the elevation and woodland surrounding the property, we have good isolation, even for wind pollinated crops. Even from the edge of the property, we have at least 1/2 a mile of woods between us and the nearest neighbors on almost every side, and several miles and several hundred feet of elevation change between us and any significant agricultural activity.