Sometimes you can make a big difference really easily. This is one of those times.
We used to raise chickens–LOTS of chickens, at least as far as urban, backyard flocks go–until county regulations changed and required us to have more land to be able to raise the same number of chickens we’d had before.
We needed to purchase the vacant lot next door to be allowed to get back into the chicken business. In 2015, we held a crowdfunding campaign to raise a portion of the money and to rally community groups so the land bank could see that we had public support. We scraped together the rest of the money on our own, and finalized the purchase on May 4, 2016.
Since that time, we’ve lucked into a number of resources. We now have a small flock of chickens (not enough to sell eggs or meat yet), and we’re breeding ducks and muscovies. We’re growing a lot more garlic and planting more fruit and nut trees. If funds are available next spring, we’ll buy chicks for a flock of laying hens and maybe even some broilers. We’re hoping to have a steady supply of duck eggs by late next summer, but that might be too ambitious an expectation. We have slaughtered a few muscovies so far, with plans to do more (and ducks!) as soon as they’re big enough. At the time of this writing (11/06/16) we have four frozen muscovies for sale.
So to be absolutely clear: We do NOT have chicken or eggs right now. We will at some point in the not-too-distant future, but not now.
In the meantime, we’ll be growing vegetables, heirloom seeds, and plant starts.
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