Less than an acre and a chicken tractor


As befits spring, things have been busy with growth and change and activity. In addition to move-related things, I’ve established a garden plot at a community garden in our new neighborhood. As part of the deal with the Sustainable Food Center, I’ve agreed to share part of what I grow with other people.

When you’re out there working a fork to break up a brand new plot, it’s a good bet that anyone walking by will have a question or a comment. One older gentleman even offered to lend a hand when he saw me struggling with a nasty clump of invasive grass. Another wanted to know how early I’d started my tomatoes (I bought them as starters from another community garden in town). It’s been a long time since I felt like part of a neighborhood, so it’s good to have some familiar faces around before we even move in.

Gardening runs in the family, and not just the little pottering around beds. I’m talking full scale growing for fresh and canning things that take up the yard and the sweet time in the evening after work when the sun is still up and the air has cooled a bit. Checking the leaves, weeding, and watering are just the thing to ease into a good night. I helped my grandparents in their garden and worked at my mother’s greenhouse until i moved down to Texas. Getting back to the soil, especially stuff as wonderfully black and fertile as I’ve got, is refreshing.

When I was meeting with the organizer to establish my plot, we got on the subject of chickens. For reasons unfathomable to Yongi, I’ve wanted to keep a couple of chickens. He was hoping they could be kept at the community garden. The organizer suggested that I could set up a chicken tractor on my plot in the off season. Immediately I saw a team of chickens hitched up to a plow and wondered how that could possibly work. Luckily, my vision was incorrect.

Yongi’s still not sure that a pair of hens will improve his life, and for the time being I’ve agreed to hold off lobbying. We’ve got enough going on now, but come next year I hope to have some help weeding and fertilizing my plot!

  1. #1 by Shannon Lucas on April 6, 2007 - 6:12 am

    So isn’t Yongi afraid of chickens or is that ducks? And are these chickens to eventually be eaten or to give your current birds a bigger posse?

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