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Alexandria Chicken Coop

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Attractive backyard farm setup from Williams-Sonoma makes raising your own chickens easy $399.95

If you're interested in having a fresh, daily supply of eggs for your family but you don't have the time and/or know-how to build your own chicken coop, the Alexandria Chicken Coop & Run from Williams-Sonoma is the perfect solution. Handcrafted in the USA from certified-sustainable wood, the Alexandria coop provides room for up to six hens and will keep your flock safe and dry......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-01-10

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Weekly links: A milk carton castle, Vancouver time-lapse amazingness, and the best chicken coop ever.

How do you break the world record for largest sculpture made of recycled materials? Get a bunch of kids to do the work for you! Inhabitat reports on 5,000 Spanish elementary kids collecting 50,000 containers to make a record-breaking castle of milk cartons. You've seen Simon Christen's stunningly epic time-lapse portrait of San Francisco. Now check out a similarly amazing video that......read more

The Moop

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Give backyard chickens the well-designed home they deserve $600.00

Since backyard chickens have the good grace to provide fresh, sustainable eggs for your table, they deserve a well-designed home like the Moop, "the modern coop for design-minded chickens." Designed by green-focused architecture firm Nottoscale, the Moop includes four cantilevered nesting boxes, hinged side-panel walls for easy access, a redwood screen for ventilation, a removable......read more

An Essential One Pot Meal From Colombia

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Part stew, part soup, ajiaco is all hearty goodness

With Old Man Winter peering creepily from around the corner, we're on the hunt for hearty, healthy dishes that provide a lot of leftovers and allow us to hunker down for days. NYT food reporter Melissa Clark heeds our call with her interpretation of ajiaco, a Colombian chicken and beef stew/soup that's great for dinner parties and even better for a family meal. Check out the recipe......read more

Urban Gardening: Best Backyard Chicken Breeds

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Which feathered friends make great garden helpers?

Getting your first backyard chicken is a big step, one of life's key milestones rivaled only by losing your virginity and getting your first car. So you better go in prepared. With spring around the corner, fuzzy chicks are showing up at pet and feed stores, waiting for someone to take them to their new backyard homes. With amazing names like Black Austrolorps and Buff Orpingtons, how do you know......read more

Chickening Out

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How to appease a farm-obsessed six year-old? Pete Wells explains.

We all want our children to be enthusiastic about local, sustainable food, but there are moments when they can get a little too, er, focused on it. For Pete Wells, author of the always great (and too infrequent, in our opinion) Cooking With Dexter column in NYT Mag, that happened when his six year-old started demanding backyard chickens and rooftop beehives. After hiding his copy of "My......read more

Backyard Chickens

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New trend in urban agriculture finds chickens coming home to roost.

As more and more people come to terms with the negative consequences of industrial food production, many are turning to backyard gardens and localizing their diets. Along with these changes, there has been growing interest in backyard chicken coops for their gifts of eggs and meat. In addition, chickens provide pest patrol, process compost for the garden, and provide a touch of our agrarian past......read more

Out in Nature with David Boyson Cooper

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Scottish photographer escapes the city to capture candid moments in the wilderness

David Boyson Cooper comes from the Shetland Islands, off of Scotland's north coast, a place that's chalk full of majestic landscapes (think craggy mountains and snow-covered plains wrapped in clouds). Now living in Glasgow, David regularly escapes the city to wilder areas like the ones where he spent his childhood. Joining him on these forays into nature are his friends and his camera, which he......read more

Canvas Soapstone Bowl Set

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Hand-carved by Haitian artisan cooperative. $46.00

From Canvas's excellent range of elegant, sustainably designed home objects comes this Soapstone Bowl Set crafted by an artisan collective in Haiti. Exquisite and functional, the bowls are part of the Aid to Artisans project, supporting sustainable development around the globe. ...read more

David Cooper: Guide to the Shetland Islands

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Amazing travel photos of Scottish archipelago

Susan Sontag once wrote, "It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along." These words inform Tourisms, a web-based collection of photographic travel guides, with a bunch of different photographers offering visual tours of the places they've been. Great concept. There are plenty to browse through, but "A Guide to the Shetland Islands," from Glasgow-based......read more

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