As oldest living chicken here on the urban homestead (over 6 years and still clucking away), Miss Clementine has been featured in by quite a few media outlets that have been done about our urban homesteading project. She’s our little star and she knows it. And we do spoil her so.
People who meet and greet our animals for the first time, whether they be the ducks, chickens or goats, are extremely surprised at their friendliness, cleanliness and even remark how fresh they smell.
We urban homesteaders believe (especially when it comes to backyard farm animals) that making the urban homesteading way of life both clean and tidy is essential to being good neighbors. Why? Because this “self sufficient/sustainable” lifestyle is so different from “the Joneses” As you know, people don’t necessarily take kindly to different. Especially with the “bad” conotations that usually comes with farming, chickens, or hippified lifestyle. As urban homesteaders we aren’t stuck out in the boondocks somewheres and we have to take the time to be good neighbors. It’s our responsibility to show that this way of life, though different, can be beautiful.
When we get such positive reaction from people who meet our animals (or even see our urban homestead for that matter), Jordanne says that’s one of the things she enjoys. She especially wants to dispels the notion that such backyard barnyard animals can be dirty and even mean (can’t believe how many people are afraid of chickens!)
Hey, fellow urban homesteaders! How are you handling the odd looks and murmerings amongst your neighbors? How are you taking time to be good neighbors and dispelling any misunderstood “back to the land” myths. Have you been a good neighbor and shown by example? Care to share?