Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Girls

There is so much creativity and activism going on in Oakland. One of the many ecological movements in the city is one promoting urban homesteading. Its focus is on producing fresh, sustainable food in peoples yards. As a gardener, I love the idea of turning urban areas that are lawns or maybe vacant lots into places that produce food. Carmen has decided to give urban animal husbandry a try by acquiring two chickens, Ambrosia and Clementine. The girls eat Carmens kitchen scraps, fertilize the soil, lay delicious eggs, and give her a sense of contentment. The children who live in her apartment complex love to come see the chickens and look for eggs in the raccoon-proof coop, so this is also another way for Carmen to bond with her neighbors. It seems like a win-win scenario but while we were visiting, Carmens landlord informed her that the chickens were not welcome; apparently he is worried that they are too dirty. Postscript- Carmen had to get rid of Ambrosia and Clementine. Shes taking it very well, she says there will be other opportunities to have chickens and that for now its more important that she get along with her landlord.