Some day, we will own our own house. In the backyard of that house, I dream of having an edible garden with fruit trees, berry bushes, fresh herbs, a compost pile… and chickens.
With all of the home-cookin’ we’ve been doing, lately, we end up with lots of non-meat food scraps… apple peels (I leave them on when dehydrating and making smoothies, but take them off when making apple crisp and applesauce), mango peels and pits, banana peels and bruised bananas, strawberry hulls, you name it.
Thankfully, my mom has chickens, so at least once a week, Gabe’s daughters and I make a run to my folks’ house and give my mom’s hens a treat. The hens are ecstatic and the girls love going into the chicken coop (just make sure you check the bottom of your shoes before you go back in the house or car) and being one with my mom’s little urban homestead.
The hens, in turn, make compost for my mom’s garden. It’s the backyard circle of life!
So if you or a neighbor of yours doesn’t have chickens, ask your social network who does… they’ll love you and you’ll be putting less into the landfill. It’s good for everyone.