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Full Name
Donald Headrick 3rd
Member for
1 year 4 months
Bio
I have been farming and gardening for 33 years with a focus on USDA region 7 in Eastern TN. I also work locally with the FEMA preparedness coalition. With a focus on self sustainability i assist others in developing food redundancy strategy and methods. I have a passion for heirloom and organic non GMO gardening with a focus on intensive farming of edibles. I also research and develop locally alternative gardening methods such as permaculture, Straw bale, Soil Bag, Sheet compost or lasagna, Hydroponic & Aquaponic , Mettlieder, German Hugelkultur and Core. Square foot and square inch with living mulch are also common practice. I advise a small network of TN local family self sustainment food gardens. Experimentation with crossover gardening methods for maximum food production is common practice. Research in Cold and Heat tolerance improvement methods is also an area of study currently utilizing various plant strains in symbiosis with Mycorrhizal fungus.
Mailing Address

3909 Rocky Branch Rd
Walland, TN 37886
United States

Phone
8657739762
Volunteer Background
I have been farming and gardening for 33 years with a focus on USDA region 7 in Eastern TN. I also work locally with the FEMA preparedness coalition. With a focus on self sustainability i assist others in developing food redundancy strategy and methods including Country,Urban gardening, seed saving and pollination by hand and apiary honeybee. I have a passion for heirloom and organic non GMO gardening with a focus on highly intensive farming of edibles. I also research and develop locally alternative gardening methods such as permaculture, Straw bale, Soil Bag, Sheet compost or lasagna, Hydroponic & Aquaponic , Mettlieder, German Hugelkultur and Core. Edible landscaping, Square foot and square inch with living mulch are also common practice. I advise a small network of TN local family self sustainment food gardens. Experimentation with crossover gardening methods for maximum food production is common practice. Research in Cold and Heat tolerance improvement methods is also an area of study currently utilizing various plant strains in symbiosis with Mycorrhizal fungus.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I grow Fruit, vegetables, and herbs. I am successful with most.
I do not like growing ornamental flowers.
I love hot peppers
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Seed-saving
Plant breeding
Other
Time Commitment
5-10 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Small field (10,001 sq. ft. - 1 acre)
Soil Details
I modify my own soils and can customize to the plants needs. Native soil varies from Clay to fertile. I maintain several on property for different projects for example Blueberries which love acidic soil so i have a developed acidic patch. There are several and some not included here like conditioned straw bale.
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
A couple gardens mostly tomato broccoli and bell peppers all heirloom
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Other relevant information
Deer are present on an intermittent basis.
Other
I research and develop locally alternative gardening methods such as permaculture, Straw bale, Soil Bag, Sheet compost or lasagna, Hydroponic & Aquaponic , Mettlieder, German Hugelkultur and Core. Edible landscaping, Square foot and square inch with living mulch are also common practice. I advise a small network of TN local family self sustainment food gardens. Experimentation with crossover gardening methods for maximum food production is common practice. Research in Cold and Heat tolerance improvement methods is also an area of study currently utilizing various plant strains in symbiosis with Mycorrhizal fungus.