Learn how to grow your own from a pro

I love garlic and “Armando” tomatoes from Mike Malone and Hungry Toad Farm- I see him every Saturday at the 2nd Street Market, outside near the main steps. Mike’s got the real deal farmer’s tan- and can tell you everything you need to know about growing vegetables organically.

This e-mail went out over the “liberal list” – and I’m posting it because I’m a big believer that organic, sustainable, local food is part of the answer for America- not just in cutting down on our foreign energy dependency, but as part of getting American’s health again- moving away from processed crap that we have come to call food. Those of you have known me- and noticed that I’m 20 pounds lighter- and have a new bounce in my step- have heard the story of how my significant other read an amazing book- “The 7 principles of  fat burning” by Dr. Berg. I’ve changed the way I eat- and it’s been amazing.

So- here is the e-mail from farmer Mike:

My main worker is off to the Army Reserves for 3 weeks, and my other full time worker has suddenly decided to cease farming work. It looks like the cheese stands alone, and I don’t think the cheese can do it all by himself – especially with a 40 member CSA. 689-5910

Farm Workers/Volunteers needed at Hungry Toad Farm

Hungry Toad Farm is an Organic farm in Washington Twp.

I need help harvesting and weeding and planting and preparing boxes for the CSA, and harvesting and preparing for two farmers markets.

Help for pay, or help for experience, or help in trade/part trade for housing in a 4 BR farmhouse.

The season lasts until early November. Continued housing through the winter and beyond is an option.

Write to me here and check out Hungry Toad Farm on facebook.

Michael Malone

We live in the “bread basket of America” (although after you read Dr. Berg’s book you won’t be eating much bread)- this is some of the most fertile growing land in the world. Instead of building more pop-up offices with parking lot seas on prime farm land (Austin Road) we should be looking to grow as much of our own food within a half-day’s drive or less.

With the latest egg recall- and other recent food scares, it’s reassuring to know where our food comes from- and who actually grew it. Farmer Mike isn’t a big agri-business, he’s a small guy in a tough business- with the best tomatoes and garlic you can buy.

This is good for all of us.

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5 Responses

  1. Ice Bandit August 22, 2010 / 10:57 am

    Instead of building more pop-up offices with parking lot seas on prime farm land (Austin Road) we should be looking to grow as much of our own food within a half-day’s drive or less. (David Esrati)
     
    The Old Bandito cannot help but shed a nostalgic tear when he remembers those childhood visits to his grandma’s chicken farm. Self-sufficient, as survivors of the Great Depression were, Granny raised her chickens as well as a robust crop of corn, tomatoes and melons, until the ravages of diabetes forced her to sell in the late 1960s. However, these trips,  dear David,  were not from the city to the country, for the Old Bandito grew up in a rural area. Granny’s farm, dear David, was near the intersection of North Gettysburg and Kings Highway, in what is now a strip mall containing a dollar store, a public health clinic, a grocery and a bling-bling emporium in an overall area known as “the Hood on the Burg.” And though there is nothing more David Esrati than the advising (both unrequested and probably unappreciated) of what better use other people could make of their property, you should be advised, dear David that potentially primo farmland is currently available within the city limits. Perhaps, dear David, Dayton should take a page from Detroit’s playbook and offer the ever increasing amount of unused acreage in Dayton to farmers and serious gardeners. Such a move would make the Old Bandito’s Granny proud…………

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  2. Jeff Dziwulski August 22, 2010 / 4:35 pm

    Perhaps, dear David, Dayton should take a page from Detroit’s playbook and offer the ever increasing amount of unused acreage in Dayton to farmers and serious gardeners

    This is starting to happen in Dayton, in a non-profit moving into developing ag on vacant land in the city

    http://www.feeddayton.org/

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  3. Teresa Lea August 22, 2010 / 5:19 pm

    I just gave Dennis the info!
    PS: I like the “amazing girlfriend” title better than significant other :)
     
     

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  4. Ice Bandit August 23, 2010 / 3:20 pm

    PS: I like the “amazing girlfriend” title better than significant other (Teresa Lea)
     
    “Amazing girlfriend?” Still in the honeymoon phase. In six months, your handle will be “the old lady”…..

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