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Rachel Hoff
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  • Vallejo, CA
  • United States
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown, Fill in the Blank
Fill in the blank:
Farmer Trapped in an Urban Setting
A bit about me:
I'm a farmer by heart, I just don't have my land. I work in landscape architecture in the SF Bay Area. I live on just a 1/4 acre but try to grow as much food as possible. I also raise chickens and goats and host bee hives. I always want to do more.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Anything that can be made out of food from my yard.
Currently reading:
The Resilient Gardener
Currently listening to:
Farming related podcasts.
My latest DIY project:
Currently painting the interior of my house. There are lots of items on my list including creating an edible landscape in the front yard, building a greenhouse, a shed, an additional chicken yard, 2 new veggie beds, plant more fruit trees.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
It's been so long I don't remember.
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Homegrown Fair Submission: Blue Slate Turkeys

We just started raising turkeys this year. We chose Blue Slates because they are on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's Watch List. We started with three which all ended up being hens. We were hoping to breed them next year so we could have more turkeys, but it wasn't looking like that was going to happen. Then we ran into a friend who just so happened to have a tom that she wasn't too fond of. We traded one of our hens for her tom, so now we have a breeding pair plus one extra hen…


Posted on November 10, 2011 at 11:23am

Does Raising and Slaughtering Your Own Animals Make You Violent?

To me it almost seems like a dumb question because we do raise our own meat animals and we're not violent at all. In fact it makes us value life more. We always make sure an animal goes as quickly and painlessly as possible and then we thank it for the life it gave us to sustain our own and honor it when we eat it.


But I've recently been seeing the violence argument a lot. One woman, at a community workshop, standing next to my husband, who does most of our slaughtering, made…


Posted on August 14, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

A call to new and aspiring farmers

I started a post on this in the Aspiring Farmers Group but thought I'd bring it out here so more people can see it.

I'm writing a post for my blog about this new movement of young farmers and I wanted to get like minded people's reasons for their desire to be farmers.

Where does your desire come from?

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

What would your raise/grow?

Did you grow up around…


Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:37am — 6 Comments

Crop Mobbing

I found this article from the New York Times and found it really interesting. Thought I'd share it with everyone.

Crop Mobbing.

Posted on March 9, 2010 at 6:12pm — 2 Comments

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 12:18pm on April 20, 2010, Carrie Seal-Stahl said…
Sorry it took me so long to get back- Thanks for the complements on my artwork! Art, photography and crafting are so much fun, and can make you some money here and there too ;) Just remember- practice, practice, practice! Very worth your time to learn as many mediums as you can!
At 1:05pm on May 24, 2010, Cornelia said…
Rachel! I didn't realize that you were leaving when we last spoke - I want to give you a BIG HUG and THANKS for your wonderful contribution to the activities in The HOMEGROWN Village at Maker Faire. Thank you so much! See you next year? :)
At 2:02pm on November 11, 2010, Andrew Odom said…
Thank you for adding me as a friend Rachel!

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