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Homegrown | “I Love Farming”: Extension and the Small Farmer


I love farming. I always did. I like to
grow my own vegetables and that way you know what you’re eating. I like different
stuff, I like to try different stuff. We’ve worked with them since they began
growing vegetables, probably back ten, twelve years ago. Also helping them plan
out like what vegetables they were going to grow, to have a variety so that they
could sell at the farmers market. Jeff, he comes out every year and does soil sampling. Of course, I
have to haul him around you know. He walks then I have to go pick him up. In
this particular field right here there are seven strips down through here, and these top
two we’ve got it mostly just in beans, tomatoes, eggplant and several varieties
of pepper. The other six pieces down through there is all different kinds of taters. We’ve got
fingerling taters and then we’ve got some blue taters and
got some all red taters. This is a crazy pepper right here, the way it is.
It’s called Beaver Dam. This side will be sweet, this side will be hot. We call it kind of Russian Roulette of peppers because you never know what you are
going to get. How many varieties of tomatoes are you growing. Altogether the cherry
type and the elongated and the big slicer type, 68 varieties, so my son says. He
likes to grow different stuff. This right here where it’s black, looks dark purple right now, when that gets ripe, that’ll be plumb black about, and this green part down here,
it’ll be red. It’s called a, it’s in the Indigo variety. We’ve got some more
smaller ones at the houses called Indigo Rose, and it’s a little tomato that gets
about that big and it’s got kind of a texture of a plum inside. There’s been a
big push really in the past, probably, eight to ten years with that local food
movement, and it continues to grow, is what I’m seeing. And so, you know, there’s
there’s still demand. People like to know where their food is being grown. My
friend at the Johnson City farmers market give it to me, it’s some kind of
old-timey Shelly October. This is the first year we’ve ever raised them. We’re
gonna try and see how good they are. Most of them, they’ll average about
four beans to the bean. This one actually got five in it. They’re about the reddest I’ve ever seen. I feel like there’s a lot of opportunities for them,
especially if they diversify. So they have to learn to grow a variety of crops
like Terry and his family are doing and, you know, to have them coming on at
different times of the year so that everything’s not ready in one week
or two. I love it, I really do. I really like to farm. I love to see stuff grow, I always did. When I was a kid, I always liked to see just old tobacco – I like to see it grow and do good, you know?

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