That’s our friend Novella with one of the 22 chicks she is raising at her urban farm here in Oakland. She got a straight run of mixed heavy breeds. We finally got over there last week to fondle and coo and be overwhelmed by the cuteness of it all! The little chicks grow up so [...]
Spring fever has well and truly set in, despite the fact that yesterday was cool and grey all day. We are particularly ebullient since we again have had a weekend without full-time office work. Planting and cooking and cleaning urges can by met head on. Yesterday was one of those close-to-perfect days, which perhaps can [...]
Well, things seem to be settling down at last. We managed to get the croppy chicken back into the flock, with a mixture of bribes and strategic pairing.
First, we put a big mess of rolled oats, yoghurt, and chopped apples into the coop at the same time as we dropped Croppy in. That kept the [...]
One of the challenges of urban farming for us is that while our fathers both grew up in rural areas, they both left that most adamantly behind, wanting for us what they wanted freedom from the constrictions they felt growing up in that environment. No farm experience at all on the maternal sides, though [...]
Last week I got a sack of locally grown Meyer and Eureka lemons from our fabulous neighborhood produce redistribution people, Temescal Amity Works. They collect excess fruit and produce from neighborhood trees and gardens, and pass them along to other neighbors. When my lemons are done I will send some jars back their way. It’s [...]
Aug 2000 We move to 386 49th St, Oakland, California, from Seattle via San Francisco. We set up house with a rotating cast of housemates and varying approaches to shared housing . . . with mixed success. We moved here with virtually no intention of gardening or urban farming, even though we were [...]