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Full Name
Kaelin Fleming
Member for
3 months
Volunteer Background
I am a plant-obsessed small farmer & homesteader in Western WA. I have a degree in Agricultural Biotechnology with diverse horticultural and crop experience, from wine to wheat. After college I fell into sustainable agriculture and plant breeding on a small scale, after stumbling onto the work of Carol Deppe and Suzanne Ashworth. My particular passion lies in saving, selecting, and breeding resilient and adaptable varieties of crops for the sake of current and future food security. I am also interested in the culinary attributes of crops, and make a point to grow as much of my own food as possible- all varieties that I truly enjoy eating. I look forward to learning about and assisting with other projects here on EFN!
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I love to grow brassicas, greens, legumes, squash, and especially grains. I have not had success with bulbing onions for some reason or corn (often dicey in our climate), but try try again!
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Seed-saving
Plant breeding
Time Commitment
Over 10 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Small field (10,001 sq. ft. - 1 acre)
Soil Details
Natural soil type is extremely sandy loam, nigh devoid of organic matter. Most of the garden space has been amended with at least some of our own compost
Soil Type
Growing Location Descriptors
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
We are surrounded by trees on 3/4 sides, the final side being a large unsprayed pasture for cows and hay
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Same farmer friend as above- he owns 200+ acres to our east, and we own all the acreage around us
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Details
None known. This is a fairly agriculturally empty area (primarily rural residential), and what farms are distantly present are small, organic ones.
Other relevant information
I run our small farm and homestead so I am always present. We live in a rural area, so animal pests can in theory be an issue (deer, moles, even ravens) but I have so far not had an issue with any of them with any plant/crop in the last two growing seasons here. The official USDA hardiness zoning is 8a, but our particular microclimate is more of a zone 7b.