When raising animals in the city, especially the four legged kind, one has to rely on outside sources for certain feed (no back forty of hay here in LA). And feed stores in the city can be few and far between.
You know that scene from the Good Neighbors where Barbara Good brings back the goat from grazing on the commons?
Well, lucky for us, the urban homestead is located near a “wild commons” of sorts. The beautiful lower Arroyo Seco where, on our weekly walks, we can easily forage for food for our goatsies and even hens (they love the wild elderberries and currants) .
Foraging for food certainly saves on feed costs! When the cost of food is rising and money is tight, it’s frugal and economical to forage for free food.
What do our goatsies like?
Take Care: always check area for anything unusual or signs of human activity, beware of sprayed areas, patches of poison oak and ivy, don’t over-pick, harvest with care (like it was your own garden), and last but not least make sure to not harvest poisonous plants. Here’s a handy list to use