About Lee & Amanda

lee and amandaWe are Lee and Amanda Borden, subsistence farmers working and livingĀ  six miles SW of Tallassee, AL in Elmore County. Both of us are Master Gardeners. Amanda has earned the designation of Advanced Master Gardener in organic home-scale vegetable production; Lee has earned his in organic home-scale fruit and nut production. We are active members of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Tallassee.

Dr. Amanda Welch Borden is Associate Professor Emeritus at Samford University, where she taught persuasion, small group communication, and interpersonal communication. Her primary concentration is intercultural communication. She continues to consult with organizations about enhancing the intercultural competence of their staff. Lee is a lawyer who continues to provide divorce services for couples who know they need to divorce, are able to be reasonably cooperative, and want to stay that way. He maintains a large, active divorce site called Divorceinfo.com. Lee’s address is lee@longleafbreeze.com and Amanda’s is amandawborden@gmail.com Our phone number is 334-625-8682. Our mailing address is PO Box 780446, Tallassee, AL 36078.

7 thoughts on “About Lee & Amanda”

  1. Glad to read about your farming ministry and you professional background. Your story remindes me when I lived in Tifton, GA, 1972-1980 the home of USDA Experment Station and Univ. of GA Extension Service Station where their were more Ph.D. in AG Rearch than small town in America. At St. Anne’s Episcopal Chruch, we always celebrated Rogation Sunday the three days before Ascension Day. We had many AG Specialists to give the sermon and lead the Adult Class. I recall a “Potato Doctor” saying, “Those who live near the soil (ground) also live near God. For God is the provider of the bounty and sustainer of us all.” I want to get a tour of the farm. You will fine a trip to Tifton very inspiring and informative. The Rev. Arnold Bush

  2. Lee & Amanda,

    My wife and i are very interested in the idea of subsistence farming for our family here in Birmingham, Al, but we do not know where to start. Can you offer any reference material to read to get a better idea as to what is involved? We have talked about purchasing 5-10 acres somewhere around Warrior and slowly farm a little more and more of the land over time. I have no practical farming experience, but look forward to at least trying. Thanks for your time.

  3. Hi Vinnie,

    I sent you a private message by e-mail. Amanda and I are delighted to visit with anyone who is interested in getting into subsistence farming and share with you what we’ve learned, what we would do differently if we were starting it over again, and what we see as some of the advantages and traps.

  4. Some of the gardening folks in our location are considering a small fall veg. garden at the nearby elem. school. The raised bed is already there, but nobody uses it. We will only plant seeds. We do not want to purchase plants for the kids to plant. My experience in my backyard garden: I have not had success with organic seeds from any company, so gave up buying organic seeds. Usually have bountiful produce with whatever I grow using non-organic seeds. Your comments and advice on this will be appreciated.

    Reviewed your LB Planting Database, and appears there has been deficiency in your seed germination and plants not thriving. Do you think it’s because of the company where you purchased your seeds (or plants)? What kinds of greens and/or veggies, and which varieties, do you recommend for a school garden?

    I use organic fertilizer, water soluble. What do you use? Your comments please.

    Thanks for any advice and/or comments. Casey

  5. Amanda and Lee, I am looking forward to examining what y’all have done with subsistance farming. Amanda… what a throwback in time for me when I read your bio. I majored in Org Comm at UWyo back in the dark ages. Never could forecast what career it might prepare me for, until I became a headhunter. Perfect fit. Anyway, if y’all have suggestions and resources to investigate regarding our farm start-up in NC, I would greatly appreciate it. I hate reinventing wheels, because mine usually wind up being flat on the bottom (although the sides and top look great). We are not expecting to completely cut our ties to the grid until the grid dissolves, but would dearly enjoy as much independence as can reasonably be had. We are begining a small herd of meat goats, and will hopefully expand shortly into sheep. We also anticipate begining about an acre no-till garden, again to grow most of our own food stuffs. So comment and share to your hearts content.


    Rob and Judy Fleming

  6. We have a small spread here in Lebanon, Ohio and have already been thru one summer here and had to live amongst the horse flies (our neighbors have animals). I found your Youtube video of the Horse Pal trap and was wondering how successful it was on the overall population you had to deal with. I’m thinking my oldest boy and I could make one using PVC. Thanks!

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