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I own/sustainably operate a vegan/organic urban farm (Grateful Gardens) in Omaha, Nebraska. My focus is crop seed production and market produce. I was raised on a very large Demeter/Biodynamic farm and have 40+ years of rural/urban farming, land/seed stewardship, seed saving, plant breeding. I utilize fermented ‘dynamic accumulator’ plants for soil conditioning and plant nutrition. I work within the confines of the environment around me and try to mimic its nuances whenever possible. I utilize ‘edible’ cover crops/live mulches for multiple useage and water conservation. I do seed work, stewardship and teach seed saving with/for Seed Savers Exchange, Seed Matters, Organic Seed Alliance, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Garden Organic (U.K.) and various public library/national/international seed banks.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
A plethora of herbs/medicinals
I haven’t met a plant that doesn’t teach me something, be it good or bad, it doesn’t matter to me. Being engaged in/with Nature is where it’s at with me.
Big backyard (2501 - 10,000 sq. ft)
I use cover crops and mulches with the addition of crop rotation, carbon sequestration and ‘dry-farming’ throughout my property in helping achieve sustainability and proper soil conservation.
Growing Location Descriptors
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
Tomatoes, watermelons, peppers
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Tomatoes, watermelon, peppers
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
None that I know of in my area. Sadly, there aren’t many people gardening around me. I’m always trying to sway folks towards seeds.
Other relevant information
I practice ‘dry-farming’ with my ‘in ground’ tomato crop. I do have automated soakers, rain barrel and filtered water irrigation available.
Various Grafting Techniques