Ever considered keeping your own chickens? When you raise your own eggs and meat, you know how the animal was treated and if its diet was jacked up on antibiotics. Get inspired at the fourth annual Chicken Coop Tour on June 11 and 12. Travel to a variety of experienced chicken keepers' backyards (some of which also have goats and ducks) and glean tips on rearing livestock. A few of the stops may even have homegrown fruits and vegetables for sale. A map and more details of the tour are posted on albuquerquecooptour.com.
Food for Thought
Sunny Side Up
A better life for egg-layers and the humans who love them
The age-old debate over which came first seems close to being resolved in favor of the chicken. After years of hens being treated as little more than egg-dispensers, concern is rising for the well-being of the layers themselves. Meanwhile, the practice of personal flock-keeping is on the upswing. Across the country, and in many parts of the world, chicken-first approaches are supplanting the simple quest to create the cheapest eggs possible.
The Urban Store
Green living sprouts up from the concrete
The Urban Store has been open since January and is the brainchild of Kathy Isaacson and co-owner Chuck Alex. The Nob Hill shop, on Silver, is deceptively ordinary. Issacson sports a T-shirt bearing the store’s working philosophy—“grow, eat, return.” How simple is that?
Food for Thought
Chicken From Scratch
When the roosters get tough, the tough make coq au vin
Coq au vin, literally “rooster in wine,” is a recipe that can be simple or complex. My version is geared toward those starting with a big, tough old rooster in the yard, but it works with any chicken. An old hen would also do the trick, but I don't kill my hens. So that leaves the roosters, the meaner the better.
Tremble, Black Thumbs!
You’re about to get greened
The first living thing I remember trying to grow was a strawberry plant. My mom helped me put it in the soil right outside our front door. My mom had a way with plants. She molded massive berms, teeming with pink geraniums, powder-puff-like marigolds and starry daffodils. In our backyard, she nurtured plum trees and guarded heirloom tomatoes, which ballooned into ripe, deep crimson orbs the size of baseballs.