As a little kid I knew I wanted many animals. Yes, kitties and doggies… BUT, I have always dreamed of having a little mini farm. Which is weird since I have zero desire to live in the country… I’m a city girl.
I grew up in the country…. My parents had a small bit of land, 5 acres, but we never did anything with it. We just lived in BFE (ahem: butt fudging Egypt…. What we called it growing up… since it was in the middle of nowhere).
So, when I was 11 I made a decision. I actually saved any and all cash I earned to raise money to buy an Alpaca (I know, random). I saved a LOT of money too. I did many chores, sold daffodils at the end of our driveway, etc. I saved over $400 and my parents suddenly realized how serious I was about this whole Alpaca thing… They had to tell me “no” (turns out you need a fence for farm animals… hee… and they cost money to feed, etc). So, like the responsible preteen I was… I went out and spent all my saved money on a CD Player and a Gameboy (and buying the Coolio album… Gangsta’s Paradise! ha).
I understand why my parents never let us get farm animals, because I bet eventually they would have done most of the work (darn lazy teenagers) not to mention the cost of keeping them alive.
Now that I’m a grownup (ha, that made me laugh), I’m ready for my little farm. I don’t see any Alpacas on my small small SMALL property… But, we are prepping to get 2-3 chickens next spring! I’m so excited. We’ve been saving and are going to build a little picket fence around our home! Get some chicken wire along the bottom, and attempt to build our own chicken coop. Attempt being the key word. I will be sure to document the whole
mess err project.
And, who knows… Maybe the year after that, Miss R can convince her daddy to get a bunny… and a goat. Ha ha ha (I may be whispering the idea into her ear while she sleeps).
So, yup: we will have the start to our own little urban farm, by next spring! I’m reallllly excited.
P.S. I was guest tweeting for Whole Foods this last weekend… and, they had this lovely lady chatting about urban farming. She’s owned over 80 different breeds of chickens. It was fantastic listening to her.