A Barn Raising

I have a shed and carport that I am turning into a chicken coop and run. I needed a large roll of chicken wire to finish it out.

Voila! A coworker gifted me a large roll of chicken wire. Manna.

It started a conversation around the lunch table about being more self-sufficient, surprising me with those who are interested in expanding their life skills.

Another coworker volunteered chickens for the coop. A third is coming to help with some more technical things. I realize I am having a community “barn raising.”

I am having happy visions of sharing eggs and produce at work. Plus tree seedlings!

I have wild mustard plants this year. I ate one in lieu of lettuce on my tuna salad sandwich. It was mild with a tiny after bite. Perhaps next year I will have enough to grind the seeds for a winter spice. Beautiful flowers complete the picture.

Every edible wild green that volunteers encourages me to limit “hard work” varieties.

Opinion: The best plant identification book is Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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