What To Do With An Egg Laying Hen Past Its Prime

If you’re a backyard farmer, you’ve had this conversation either out-loud or in your head:  “The chickens (or ducks) have really dropped off their egg production.  I wonder what I should do?”  This initial question implies that you should take some action on the matter, that you should be proactive as fewer of your valuable […]

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Why Colorado Springs Needs A Food Policy Council

Food policy councils are an idea whose time has come.  The food system, no longer serving the consumer, is a bit of a runaway freight train.  Big corporations pushing around small producers, no transparency in practices or ingredients, and communities unable to come together with enough voices to create change.  While roughly 30 other cities […]

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The Calm After The Storm

Colorado is known for severe and unpredictable weather.  May of this year made that point loud and clear at Ivywild A & N Farm, the little backyard farm that Ben and I built and maintain.  A hail storm of epic proportions hit south of downtown, and then rolled north clearing a line of trees and […]

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The Best Little Homestead In The City

Recently I had the rare privilege to visit another urban homestead here in Colorado Springs.  I say the privilege is rare not because the homesteads aren’t out there, but because I just don’t make the time to go on these field trips.  Squeezing in another 3-hour block of time into an already packed schedule is […]

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How To Know When You’re In Over Your Head, And What To Do About It

Ever have one of those moments that made you feel like the little chicken above? Beat, shot-out, frustrated – in over your head? If you answered no to that question I don’t believe you. If you answered yes to that question I have some good news for you – there are ways to get back […]

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