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Sheila Hlubucek
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  • Reno, NV
  • United States
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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Has-been ranch kid trying to grow food at 6,000 feet
A bit about me:
I work in marketing at a not-for-profit. I live on 2.5 acres at timberline in the Sierra Nevada. I've been developing my property as a permaculture. I have chickens and worms and an ever-expanding garden. I also garden indoors and have been eating tomatoes, peppers and greens all winter. I love to snowboard, fish and hunt.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
I made a plate of fresh cherry tomatoes and basil with pearl mozzarella in a balsamic and oil vinaigrette. My husband made the most amazing gumbo from Nevada water fowel - ducks, geese, chukar - along with antelope and locally made chorizo.
Currently reading:
Paulett Mitchell's "The Complete Book of Dressings" and Felder Rushing's "Slow Gardening."
Currently listening to:
My 10-year-old son, Marek. I recognize that as parents we talk too much and listen too little, which becomes especially risky with "tweens."
My latest DIY project:
Fluorescent grow lamps in my garage to beef up the process of hardening off plants in the spring.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Trying to find Kimberly Phipps-Nichol on Facebook so I could ask a question.
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Sheila Hlubucek's Blog

Provident Gardening

When I saw this book was written by a couple of veteran gardeners from Utah, I knew it would speak to me. Provident gardening is the term Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow use to describe strategic cultivation in extreme conditions, which is how I grow fruits and vegetables at 6,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada. While their bottom line is getting food on the table, these two women are truly joyful gardeners. They offer great tips on critter control and managing frost, yet they also give elegant design… Continue

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 8:50am

What's Your Number?

As a community, the residents of Reno, Nevada are not so healthy. We show up high on charts for obesity - especially for children - and low on charts for fitness. There is an opportunity to change that. The not-for-profit hospital I work for issued a Community Health Challenge in celebration of its 150th birthday…


Posted on March 8, 2012 at 9:07am — 3 Comments

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At 7:39pm on March 9, 2012, Kimberly Phipps-Nichol said…

Thank you Sheila, your support means more than I can express.  Now we need to work with UNR to create a stellar agriculture/business program to keep that plot more viable as teaching farm lands rather than a development opportunity.  Local food and organic food movements are proving to be far more positive economic development tools than commercial real estate at this time in many communities.

At 7:42pm on March 9, 2012, Kimberly Phipps-Nichol said…

Welcome to Homegrown.org, Sheila.  You're such a perfect fit here.  Can't wait to swap growing in the Reno area stories.  Would love some eggs too :)!

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