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Farmer Hall at work

With mustard cuttings drying on a line, Eddie Hall, 82, uses a hand tiller to measure and mark rows for more mustard plants, corn, beans, peas, eggplant, potatoes and tomatoes. In about a week he will use a machine to till and fertilize the rows for planting. Hall has been gardening this patch of ground behind his home on Manecke Road, north of Brooksville, for more than 50 years. "I'm not putting in as much as I used to," he says. "My wife wants me to quit, but we like to eat vegetables and the doctor says keep on eating them." As for the dried mustard greens, Hall puts them in a sack and beats the sack with a stick to dislodge the seeds from the pods. The family also boils and eats the leaves when the mustard greens are knee-high. What does it taste like? "It don't taste like nothing else," the farmer answers.

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