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Squash Tsunamis and Tomato Typhoons: Why Use a Garden Planner to Plan Your Garden?
By Tracy Sweely When I was a small child I was very, very lucky. My parents were building our home on acreage on the Southern Oregon Coast, right next
January 10, 2021
“Grow Your Own” the Ultimate DIY
By Tracy Sweely I’ve been a DIY fan as far back as my teen years. I distinctly remember my fascination with replicating, as close as possible, the taco salad
December 3, 2020
Building Resilience in the Event of a Zombie Apocalypse, Revisited
By Tracy Sweely Perhaps somewhat prophetically, one of our early blogs in 2012 was about three low-cost or no-cost methods for building resilience into farming operations during challenging environmental
October 30, 2020
Reunited… and it Tastes So Good: Consumer trends in the direct-to-consumer economy and promising new markets for small farmers.
By Tracy Sweely As Joni Mitchell reminded us so long ago, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone…" But, at what has seemed like the 11th hour
January 25, 2016
Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Cost?
By Tracy Sweely In my previous post “Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Take?” I reviewed the hourly labor requirements for a minimally-mechanized, micro-farming operation such as what we have at
February 14, 2014
Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Take?
By Tracy Sweely I hold the unique and curious position of being a Working Share Farm Manager at our ¼ acre pilot study CSA farm, HeartEye Village CSA, handily
January 1, 2014
Beginner Farmer Beware: Just How Hard IS Farming Anyway?
By Tracy Sweely As consumers of food in the US we’re spoiled. There is just no ifs, ands or buts about it… The industrial food system has been subsidized
February 4, 2013
Wonders Never Cease: FSA Offers Small Farm Loans!
THIS JUST IN! USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new microloan program today that will expand access to credit for small farmers and ranchers
January 17, 2013
“Gulp!” In More Ways Than One: Water Rights a Local Case
Posted by Tracy Sweely Maybe it's just because I don't know enough about this subject, but even in its cheery cartoon format this scares the bejesus out of me.
January 13, 2013
Seed Shopping Fun and Glory: The Seed Stock Crisis and Preserving Our Seed Heritage
By Tracy Sweely Remember the Wish Book? You know, long before the Internet, Sears and Montgomery Wards used to come out with a special Christmas edition of their catalogue,
December 26, 2012
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