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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

How should I eat? (Not too much)
—Michael Pollan

If it is so difficult to learn to cook, how did all those early pioneer women manage to cross the country in rugged covered wagons and feed troops of people from one big pot hung over an open fire?
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Treat treats as treats.
—Michael Pollan

No matter how you slice it through, grain-fed meat production systems are a drain on the global food supply.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Seven joys of urban farming

It’s mildly self-inflating to describe myself as an “urban farmer…” but my husband and I have a pretty legitimate operation in the works.  I am growing 19 different fruits and vegetables, 17 of which were started from seed!  We recently adopted 6 darling ducklings, soon to be egg-laying machines.  We also have two terrariums setup as mealworm farms to raise fodder for our ducks. We are rewarded with small, sometimes unexpected, joys from our facilitation of, and participation in, the circle of life.

In no particular order:

  1. The first beetle: mealworms are kind of gross…they aren’t slimy, but they’re squirmy and wiggly, and look too grubby to not be kind of yucky.  But, they are a great source of protein (for the ducks!) and very easy to raise.  They hatch as a worm, shed a few times, turn into a pupae, transform into a beetle, and the beetles lay eggs.  When I got my first pupae, and then my first beetle, I was surprisingly proud!  Who knew something so gross could be so rewarding?!  The best resource I found for mealworm farming is The Happy Chicken Coop.
  2. Pool parties: I have found my after work zen.  I take our girls to their pool, post up in a lawn chair, and watch – seriously, soooooooooo good.
  3. Ducklings are like drunk humans: they hilariously lack physical awareness.  They are constantly moving, either by choice or because they are falling over.
  4. The birds and the bees: last year I was horrified when my first squash blossoms died without producing any fruit…I had clearly forgotten everything I learned about flower genders in Biology 101.  This morning I saw my first squash blossom of the year – it’s a boy!
  5. Grandmom’s pride: my brother and I both don’t have children (not yet!).  For a long time we didn’t even have pets.  Now I have 6 little entertainers.  Here’s a text from my mom after I sent her a duck video: “I LOVE them. My grand ducks <3”
  6. Starting or ending a business meeting with cute duckling videos: enough said!
  7. Pet fish = so American: one of my co-workers from India recently became a US Citizen, and she’s never had a pet fish.  For her “welcome to America!” gift, we bought her a beta fish for her desk.  She thinks it’s so American. American kids walk around with pet fish in a plastic bag, something that apparently doesn’t happen in India.  The office has a new mascot, and his name is Fred.  Not quite farm material, but you get the idea…

Basically, nature rocks!

Share your favorite nature photos, videos, and stories in the comments below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 6-17-2018

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It's mildly self-inflating to describe myself as an "urban farmer..." but my husband and I have a pretty legitimate operation in the works.  I am growing 19 different fruits and vegetables, 17 of which were started from seed!  We recently adopted 6 darling ducklings, soon to be egg-laying machines.  We also have two terrariums setup as mealworm farms to raise fodder for our ducks. We are rewarded with small, sometimes unexpected, joys from our facilitation of, and participation in, the circle of life.



In no particular order:
  1. The first beetle: mealworms are kind of gross...they aren't slimy, but they're squirmy and wiggly, and look too grubby to not be kind of yucky.  But, they are a great source of protein (for the ducks!) and very easy to raise.  They hatch as a worm, shed a few times, turn into a pupae, transform into a beetle, and the beetles lay eggs.  When I got my first pupae, and then my first beetle, I was surprisingly proud!  Who knew something so gross could be so rewarding?!  The best resource I found for mealworm farming is The Happy Chicken Coop.
  2. Pool parties: I have found my after work zen.  I take our girls to their pool, post up in a lawn chair, and watch - seriously, soooooooooo good.
  3. Ducklings are like drunk humans: they hilariously lack physical awareness.  They are constantly moving, either by choice or because they are falling over.[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Clumsy-trim.mp4"][/video]
  4. The birds and the bees: last year I was horrified when my first squash blossoms died without producing any fruit...I had clearly forgotten everything I learned about flower genders in Biology 101.  This morning I saw my first squash blossom of the year - it's a boy!
  5. Grandmom's pride: my brother and I both don't have children (not yet!).  For a long time we didn't even have pets.  Now I have 6 little entertainers.  Here's a text from my mom after I sent her a duck video: "I LOVE them. My grand ducks <3"
  6. Starting or ending a business meeting with cute duckling videos: enough said!
  7. Pet fish = so American: one of my co-workers from India recently became a US Citizen, and she's never had a pet fish.  For her "welcome to America!" gift, we bought her a beta fish for her desk.  She thinks it's so American. American kids walk around with pet fish in a plastic bag, something that apparently doesn't happen in India.  The office has a new mascot, and his name is Fred.  Not quite farm material, but you get the idea...
Basically, nature rocks! Share your favorite nature photos, videos, and stories in the comments below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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  1. The first beetle: mealworms are kind of gross...they aren't slimy, but they're squirmy and wiggly, and look too grubby to not be kind of yucky.  But, they are a great source of protein (for the ducks!) and very easy to raise.  They hatch as a worm, shed a few times, turn into a pupae, transform into a beetle, and the beetles lay eggs.  When I got my first pupae, and then my first beetle, I was surprisingly proud!  Who knew something so gross could be so rewarding?!  The best resource I found for mealworm farming is The Happy Chicken Coop.
  2. Pool parties: I have found my after work zen.  I take our girls to their pool, post up in a lawn chair, and watch - seriously, soooooooooo good.
  3. Ducklings are like drunk humans: they hilariously lack physical awareness.  They are constantly moving, either by choice or because they are falling over.[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Clumsy-trim.mp4"][/video]
  4. The birds and the bees: last year I was horrified when my first squash blossoms died without producing any fruit...I had clearly forgotten everything I learned about flower genders in Biology 101.  This morning I saw my first squash blossom of the year - it's a boy!
  5. Grandmom's pride: my brother and I both don't have children (not yet!).  For a long time we didn't even have pets.  Now I have 6 little entertainers.  Here's a text from my mom after I sent her a duck video: "I LOVE them. My grand ducks <3"
  6. Starting or ending a business meeting with cute duckling videos: enough said!
  7. Pet fish = so American: one of my co-workers from India recently became a US Citizen, and she's never had a pet fish.  For her "welcome to America!" gift, we bought her a beta fish for her desk.  She thinks it's so American. American kids walk around with pet fish in a plastic bag, something that apparently doesn't happen in India.  The office has a new mascot, and his name is Fred.  Not quite farm material, but you get the idea...
Basically, nature rocks! Share your favorite nature photos, videos, and stories in the comments below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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  2. Pool parties: I have found my after work zen.  I take our girls to their pool, post up in a lawn chair, and watch - seriously, soooooooooo good.
  3. Ducklings are like drunk humans: they hilariously lack physical awareness.  They are constantly moving, either by choice or because they are falling over.[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Clumsy-trim.mp4"][/video]
  4. The birds and the bees: last year I was horrified when my first squash blossoms died without producing any fruit...I had clearly forgotten everything I learned about flower genders in Biology 101.  This morning I saw my first squash blossom of the year - it's a boy!
  5. Grandmom's pride: my brother and I both don't have children (not yet!).  For a long time we didn't even have pets.  Now I have 6 little entertainers.  Here's a text from my mom after I sent her a duck video: "I LOVE them. My grand ducks <3"
  6. Starting or ending a business meeting with cute duckling videos: enough said!
  7. Pet fish = so American: one of my co-workers from India recently became a US Citizen, and she's never had a pet fish.  For her "welcome to America!" gift, we bought her a beta fish for her desk.  She thinks it's so American. American kids walk around with pet fish in a plastic bag, something that apparently doesn't happen in India.  The office has a new mascot, and his name is Fred.  Not quite farm material, but you get the idea...
Basically, nature rocks! Share your favorite nature photos, videos, and stories in the comments below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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4 responses to “Seven joys of urban farming”

  1. Niki Glanz says:

    Bronwyn,
    Congrats on your and your husband’s incredible step into the world of yes, urban farming. Your practices obviously reflect lots of research and thought. Now for the experimentation phase. Wishing you great results and fun in the process,
    Niki Glanz

    • Bronwyn says:

      Hello Niki,
      Thank you for the kind and encouraging comments. We are very proud of what we’ve started, and we have learned from our mishaps along the way.
      THANK YOU!

  2. Kellie Kutkey says:

    Omg, they are SO MUCH like little drunks! Have they navigated the ramp up to their house yet?
    Here’s a pic for you:
    (Trying to upload. . . . Failing . . . )
    Dang it! I’ll keep trying.
    Love you!

  3. Kellie Kutkey says:

    (I put it in a message to you in your Instagram . . . )

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