Urban Farming

kombuchaNashville Scene, January 9, 2014
Mothers and Sisters 
Who cares what science says? Kombucha just makes me feel better.
Like so many paths to hell, my road to kombucha addiction was paved with good intentions. I started hanging out with some cool girls. They grew vegetables and raised chickens. They composted and crafted. I wanted them to like me. When one of them led me to her pantry and lifted the cheesecloth from a vintage wide-mouth candy jar of aging kombucha — a beverage hailed for its dubious immune-boosting properties — I recoiled. It looked like snot and smelled like kimchi soda, but I wanted to fit in. I took a sip. I tried not to inhale. Soon I was breaking bad with my own kombucha operation. … The full story

Photo by Eric England

Photo by Eric England

Nashville Scene, September 5, 2013
Poultry, Thy Name is Chicken 
Make backyard hens your projects — not your pets
When we got our first backyard hens, we spent countless hours naming them. Like new parents besotted with their offspring, we never tired of telling how we came to christen the birds with titles such as Buffy, Colin, Wally, Kiss and two Nancys (named after our neighbors, the Nancys). Three years into urban farming, we no longer name the birds. Now we just call them “Chicken.”  … The full story

NFocus magazine, April 2013
Garden of Birdly Delights
Hens aren’t just for farmers anymore
Urban chicken people used to be sheepish about their backyard flocks of Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and Araucanas. But ever since early 2012, when Metro law changed to allow flocks of six or fewer hens in urban neighborhoods, bird people have been clucking about the advantages of personal poultry in the garden. They’re pretty, they’re pets and they provide beautiful fresh eggs—three top reasons for cultivating feathered specimens among your vegetable and perennial beds. … The full story

HER magazine, March 2012
Chicken Dance: Backyard Birds Become Legal
If you are a singer-songwriter in the process of drafting lyrics about the irony that it’s illegal to raise urban chickens in a city known for country music — and there is at least one such artist out there — you can put down your pen. Thanks to a vote by Metro Council in January, it’s now legal to raise hens in the majority of Davidson County. … The full story

Featured on Flour Sack Mama blog, February 7, 2012
Nashville Foxes Open Their Henhouse
Buffy, Nancy, Colin, Wally and Kiss are all roommates living a short distance from the halls of Vanderbilt. These petite beauties are pampered and adored, sharing their house in the backyard of the Carrington Fox family home.  The bantams compete for attention with a pet rabbit and a salamander.  The Fox family boys got to name the hens, and they also help care for them. … The full story

HER magazine, September 2011
The Plots Thicken: Community Gardens are Cropping Up All Over Town
As the seeds of the local food movement take root, urban farmers are repurposing the fallow land of schoolyards, vacant lots and industrial areas into fertile fields of sustainable agriculture. From Sylvan Park to Antioch, North Nashville to Belle Meade, Nashvillians are staking out unexpected tracts of land on which to cultivate crops, as well as an understanding of nature and the environment. Some urban gardens supply produce for people with limited access to healthy food, while others provide an educational curriculum or anchor community-building efforts. …The full story

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