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An Urban Farm Update and Plans for the Future

Updated on June 12, 2015

I’m Tired This Morning

It was 90 degrees this weekend. I’m sure some of you don’t think that’s hot, but in western Washington, that qualifies as a scorcher.

So naturally we decided to finally finish building our aviary outside.

Why wait for cooler weather, right? That’s what smart people would do, and I’ve never claimed to be smart.

This is actually the second aviary we have built outside. The first one is lovingly called our ghetto aviary. It was built by two people, Bev and I, with no carpentry skills at all. We had an idea and we were determined. Nothing is square in that aviary. It looks like something built by a guy on a bad acid trip.

But the quail, guinea pigs and rabbits are happy in it, so there really is no place like home.

The second aviary, the one we just finished, actually moved out of the ghetto neighborhood and can be called a middle-class establishment. When we finished it I measured and we were one inch from square. One inch! That’s as close to perfection as this would-be carpenter will ever get.

The new quail are in there. Guinea pigs are in there. Finches will soon be in there. It has a nice roof for shelter, hutches for concealment and bird houses. Everyone is happy. Including Bev and I. But we are far from finished.

The finished aviary
The finished aviary | Source

Plans Were Drawn

As soon as we finished this aviary we drew up plans for the rest of the yard. You see, we’re quite serious about this urban farming thing. Our goal is to make our 1/8 acre as productive as possible, and that means we have some serious work ahead.

We put our vegetable garden in three years ago, and it’s been bountiful, but we can do better. We have a ten-by-twenty covered structure that really serves no purpose, so we decided that our big project this fall is to move that structure to where our garden is, and to make it a greenhouse. We can easily double our vegetable production in a greenhouse, and the move is doable. It’s constructed by plastic pvc piping, so it’s not heavy at all. We can cover the whole structure with heavy-duty plastic and presto-chango, it will be a greenhouse.

All it takes is some elbow grease and we have plenty of that.

Next spring we’ll build the next aviary. It will connect to the aviary we just finished. It will look great and in it we can raise more rabbits and add doves.

Future greenhouse
Future greenhouse | Source

But That’s Not All

We both want goats.

We love goats.

We are allowed two miniature goats in the city, and we want two miniature dairy goats so we can get our own goat milk. So we’re going to fence in the front yard, and make a connecting pathway to the back, and then the goats can roam the front and the back.

We can hardly wait.

And we can hardly wait for the ducks.

We both want ducks.

We love ducks.

We’re allowed a few ducks in the city of Olympia, so we know where we will dig their little pond, and I’ll make a shelter for them out of wooden pallets, and this time next year we’ll have ducks and duck eggs.

The farm is growing and will continue to do so as long as this carpenter-wannabe is breathing.

Soon we will have a couple of these babies
Soon we will have a couple of these babies | Source

What’s the Point?

It’s pretty simple, really. I could talk to you about the economy and how I feel it is necessary for people to move in this direction. I could talk to you about companies like Monsanto and how I feel it is crucial that we start eating organic foods. I could talk to you about how great organic chicken and duck eggs taste, or how delicious goat milk is, and all the benefits of eating food we produced.

But the truth is we love animals, and we find peace when surrounded by them.

Some of you will understand that.

Many never will.

Those of you living in the big city, surrounded by the hustle and bustle and noise of city life, I’m sure you’ll think we’re crazy. Those of you who love the convenience of fast foods and a grocery store on every corner will think we are completely bonkers. Those of you who don’t care how those frozen tv dinners are produced will think we qualify for mental assistance.

Oh well! I’m not selling and you’re not buying, and I’m fine with that.

We love animals, and we find peace when surrounded by them.

This Morning

Another hot one is in store.

I woke up at five-thirty to the sounds of the male quail chirping their mating call. I could hear the six chickens in the coop calling out their breakfast orders. I threw on some clothes and let the chickens out. They followed me around the yard while I checked on the other critters, clucking their impatience. I fed them, fed the rest and then fed myself. I watered the garden before the heat arrived. Our new colony of honey bees were busy in the raspberry bushes and I love their buzzing sound. The neighborhood birds were on the fence and at the feeders, singing happily. The dew clung to the bean and pea vines. The tomatoes looked a slight shade redder.

I kissed Bev, we had breakfast on the deck, and I realized just how damned lucky I am to be alive.

Life is good for this urban farmer. I am connected to the animals. They are connected to me. There is a bond between me and the land. I am continuing a tradition as old as mankind.

Quite frankly, I can’t imagine a better life.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thanks for linking this to yours. Just getting the word out and starting conversations about it helps in changing public perception.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is great Bill, I applaud what you and Bev are doing.changing the general public's attitude is the hard part, but slowly some seem to be coming around. Sorry I am late getting to this hub, but better late than never as they say. I just put a link to this on my latest "Cackleberry Farm" hub. Cheers.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sure you would, Lawrence. Stay warm and thanks for returning.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Down here its sub zero at night! Doesn't usually get this cold so I'd swap that for the hot weather

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, cheese is on our to do list. Coming soon, my friend. As for 90 degrees...there was a day when I loved hot weather. That days is long gone. :) Thank you for visiting on this hot Wednesday!

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Just thinking about some of the stuff here and the fresh produce makes the mouth water.

      I love goat cheese. The first thing I thought of when you mentioned goats was a really tasty goat feta!

      Enjoy it for me will you?

      By the way 90 farenheit is ideal for good manual work.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi! Interesting about your friend. Most communities won't allow front yard veggie gardens. Ours does and I can't imagine not being able to do that. Different strokes for different folks. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do understand for sure, Deb, and I love your reflections. Thank you my friend and Happy Monday to you.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Kudos for doing the urban farm thing! Sounds like you're making the effort to do what's allowed within your zoning requirements. That can be tough. I have a gardener friend who has an outstanding and beautiful vegetable garden (hard to believe it's vegetables sometimes) and she has had to defend it because it's in her front yard. Good you live in a more enlightened region. Enjoy your Sunday down (or it that "downtown") on the farm!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Uh-huh, perfection at its best. There is nothing like the food that I was raised on, and I am smiling every day with my father's foresight. I was as sturdy as could be as a result. Even so, I inherited their physical maladies, yet I was wise enough to end the line with me so none of that would ever be passed on. Instead, I devote my life to the wild creatures that surround me. Life is good, very good, and I know that you understand.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Agusfanani! I hope we both realize our dreams soon. I appreciate your support.

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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      I love reading your hubs and I happen to have the same dream. I love animals and planting trees too. I have planted some on our limited yards and want to be serious doing it . I hope your dream as urban farmer can realized completely very soon.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you spoil me with your praise and I thank you for it. Returning to the basics in life. It is a simple formula that so many people find so complicated....love....love....and more love.

      Pax Vobiscum, my friend.

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Bill Holland, the happiest urban farmer the world will ever know, a writer and educator, the one who so profoundly presents simplicity of genuine life's "tradition as old as mankind." A secret of your success is in you "I love my life, I love my wife" , as two of you construct together led by the naturally implemented wisdom, then plant together , harvest together in a richest way applying wisdom from above. Thats where the blessings begins when two having clear vision what " we are going to eat" create , raised, produced by our own hands. Oh, how I wish that more people would be coming out from educational system capable to read, some would come across your articles learning first hand haw an acre of land is generously rewarding labor of your freeborn mind, and come to conclusion using their own hands knowing, that the prosperity past, present and future depends upon our own eagerness to work and have, independently of any influence coming from outside ignorance and stupidity.

      Thank you my friend for reviving my memories of happy childhood and youth ' primitive' happy healthy beginning of my living of farming , growing and maturing with the "nature" and the love of the Creator whose will is that all his children will continue smart instead.

      You have spoiled us this far with your better and best articles, the more an better yet won't be surprise.

      May God bless and prosper you and yours.

      Voted across, but funny.

      Peace.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Theresa! I had miniature goats once before and fell in love with them. I can hardly wait for next spring when we get our new babies. I appreciate your kind word, my friend.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dear Bill - Another wonderful HUB detailing all the life and liveliness and beauty of the goings on at your Urban Farm. Oh do get the miniature goats. There is a professor here at the college and she and her husband and kids have a small garden (nothing quite like yours) and they have horses and goats and chickens. She regales us with pictures of, and stories about the miniature goats all the time. :) Such a wonderful way to live. We have lost a lot I think because so many of us have accepted the concrete jungle way of life. It does not ave to be so, even in a city and you and Deb are amazing proof of that. Blessings! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Catherine. If I cheered you up then my work is done. :) Thank you for telling me that.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I always love reading your urban farming pieces. It relaxes me as I imagine myself amidst your animals and gardens to the had but satisfying work of farming. I woke up feeling a little sad today and you have cheered me up. voted up +++

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, as always, thank you! We are doing what we can. Luckily we aren't plagued by bugs or horrible weather...this is Shangrila for someone trying to farm.

      blessings, hugs, and love heading your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, I don't know how you do it. Too many buildings make this man crazy. But thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. There is something about the sight of animals that is soothing, isn't there? I can't explain it any better than you did.

      Stay cool and, as always, thank you for being here.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I'm sorry to hear you lost some chickens. Unfortunately, that's an occupational hazard. We all lose some eventually. Somehow, raccoons and possums find a way to feed themselves. Sigh! Well thank you my friend. I appreciate you being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Dora! We do what we love and what we can....and hope it makes a little difference in this world.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Wow bill...busy little bees...sorry not trying to be "punny" :D

      You all are doing so much and it sounds like it is paying off. I am trying to grow more but the grasshoppers are like a plague; I spend a huge amount of time trying to just keep them under control; they thing lush vegetable plants and flowering plants are a buffet but I keep on trying. great inspiration from you bill...

      Hoping all is well with you and Bev.....many blessings and hugs headed your way. The tireless loving Angels are headed to you both. ps

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      You and Bev are doing a wonderful job and live in a great place that I envy. Here it is all buildings and more buildings! Great work and thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      My heart is full knowing you are a happy man there with your Bev and all of the lovely critters around. You are making the most of what you have for sure.

      I love coming home from the bustle of the city and just the site of those cows across from our home meandering up and down the rolling grassy hills, is so serene. It has been a scorcher here in the South too ...well, it is summer, but thankfully we have plenty of shade trees to go around.

      I do hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday there.

      Blessings always

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow it is 90 here in the south too; whew! I know the truth Bill; you just don't want to mow! Man I had goats years ago and it sure took a lot to keep them out of everything! Maybe they were meaner back then!

      Seriously...I'm jealous; would love to have all that but lost two of my 5 hens to a possum lately and kind of put off trying anything new right now.

      Best of luck!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, no guilt allowed. We are happy to share. As for those damned raccoons, I understand. I have been waging war against them for over three years and I'm not sure who has won so far. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! You're making progress stride by stride and in the process being an example in your commitment and your effort. I will think of you next time I am tempted to complain about this Caribbean heat--temperature same as yours. Thanks for sharing the inspiring update on your mammoth urban farm.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish. The finches are just a feel-good add; nothing more. As for goats milk, I find it delicious and now I want to make some cheese.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, we just love birds. The finches are just going to be here because we want them here. No other reason. The doves are because I've always wanted to raise doves....and actually, I think doves are a little smaller than pigeons, although I'm pretty sure they are in the same family. But I could be wrong.

      Anyway, thank you and I hope your husband changes his mind one day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzanne! I am living my dream and it's nice to know others want to celebrate that with me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful, Manatita...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you so much for your very kind words. I do have a wonderful life, and I'm hoping that my enthusiasm for that life will lead others to the simplicity that life holds for us all. Peace be with you, my friend, and I hope your Sunday is a day filled with wonder and love.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I feel a little guilty, billy. You and Bev do all the work and I get the enjoyment of reading about what you have accomplished. Right now I am trying to keep my herbs and strawberries alive while battling raccoons!!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      The finches are an interesting add. I can also see goods made out of the goats milk.

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Be careful about getting new fowl. The bird flu is going around and killing chickens in several states. Eggs here are now $3.29 a dozen and going up because of it. My husband still won't let me get chickens! He just doesn't have the farmer in him like I do.

      I'm curious. What are you going to do with the finches and doves? By doves, do you mean pigeons? I'm just curious about all this.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      This is great! I'm so proud that one of my fellow writers on Hubpages can get out there and show off what it's like to make an urban farm. Voted useful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Our 50th high school reunion is next summer. I haven't gone to any of them, Ann, but I think I'll go to that one. Just curious what happened to them all and what they look like now.

      Pushed out a window? I lead a boring life. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Wow! Aren't you the busy bee?! I went to a 5th year school reunion ages ago - it was like being in a time warp! Some looked exactly the same (jealous!), some had aged terribly and I think (hope!) I came somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, 3 had died, one of whom had been pushed out of a window by her husband; not the answer you expect when you ask, 'Couldn't .... manage to get here?'

      However, hope you enjoy seeing your old mate and that your weekend is superb, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I hope articles like this one inspire a few people to give it a try. This society needs to get back to basics soon.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I suspect you are correct. I doubt our projects will ever end and for me, that's a fun fact. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. When I was younger I loved hot weather. Now I despise anything over eighty. All work ceases for this boy once it rises above eighty. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Ann! Busy weekend here. Bev's daughter graduated from high school last night. Today I'm going to see my best friend from high school and college for the first time in twenty years, then a graduation party tomorrow. I'm afraid relaxation will be in short supply,but still a fun weekend. I hope yours is as well, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We're trying, Bill. We do with what we've got and try to increase the bounty each year. Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Om Shanti! (God's Peace be with you and those you love).

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      Manatita44 2 years ago

      Another five! I believe that you are the second, fourth and fifth. In other words, you are in the lead, Bro. Three times!

      How I have loved your words in this exquisite Hub. I chose three lots, but let me first say something about your Hub. I think it's a great thing that you are doing, and yes, we can also learn so much from animals! The loyalty and devotion of the dog is supreme, and of course the goat sacrifices for our good health.

      "But the quail, guinea pigs and rabbits are happy in it, so there really is no place like home." - Bill Holland. So 'cool,' and so true.

      "I kissed Bev, we had breakfast on the deck, and I realized just how damned lucky I am to be alive." -Bill Holland. I really love that sweet simplicity and acknowledgement, as well as contentment in this piece.

      Finally, to me, a masterpiece of a summary:

      "Life is good for this urban farmer. I am connected to the animals. They are connected to me. There is a bond between me and the land. I am continuing a tradition as old as mankind.

      Quite frankly, I can’t imagine a better life." - Bill Holland. Om Shanti!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations Bill. you and Bev should be proud of what you have already done and where you are heading. You are doing all the right things. Everyone else needs to follow your example. It's really not that hard and the benefits are the reward.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your urban farm is growing beautifully, Bill. It already sounds wonderful. It's going to be fantastic when it's complete - although knowing you, I doubt that it will ever be complete! I'm sure that you and Bev will always be thinking of improvements and extras to add.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      You cease to amaze me. I can't wait for you to buy that farm. Then you'll really be busy. It all sounds like great fun. Have a great weekend. By the way, 90 is hot for me also. Just can't seem to adjust to the heat anymore.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      And what a great tradition this being close to the land and to nature is; I'm totally with you on that and the organic thing.

      90 is very hot in my book too. We occasionally get the 80s here but rarely anything more. Today has been 'muggy' because we're due for thunder storms and my body tells me they're right because I have an 'air-pressure' headache coming on; always know when thunder is around!

      Good luck with all your structures and all your animals - even the stinky goats! Eating and drinking fresh produce is the best thing out; I'm green (with envy that is)!

      Hope you and Bev have a great weekend and hope that you manage some relaxation amongst it all.

      Ann :)

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you for sharing this detail of your urban farm. Truly amazing. You are not plowing with mules, but you are certainly making the most of the space you have. And, if you love it, what else matters?? ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Solaras. Those subdivisions do have a way of limiting what you can do. Too bad. Sorry about those deer. They are definitely a problem.

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      Solaras 2 years ago

      All that on 1/8 acre - Amazing! I would love to have chickens and goats, but the dogs will have to do for me, since we are in a subdivision with covenants. I am sneaking in a few vegetables, although some deer cruised the property last night and munched on my lettuce, kale and a favorite ornamental. Loved your article - Thumbs up, beautiful and interesting!

      Consider call ducks - they are very cute!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, thank you! We haven't decided yet whether to mate or not...we probably will...and we want to raise ducks, we'll be needing a drake. We already have the incubator for the eggs. Exciting stuff for us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't know that, Deb. How cool!

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      The goldfinch is our state bird, too!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Boy, you got that right, Eric. My ratings are going to dive-bomb. Maybe if I butcher a chicken each week I'll get more people to tune in. What do you think? LOL Thanks my friend and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      You've done so much you deserve congratulations...so congratulations. I love where you're going with this and wait with great anticipation for the next phase of your urban farm. Will you be getting a mating pair of mini-goats and ducks or a just couple of kids and some eggs?

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Where the heck is my remote control, this channel is just too darned healthy for me. Where is the violence and conflict? Let me tell you something! You are never going to get high ratings with feel good stuff like this.

      Have a great farm weekend Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'm a pretty optimistic human being, but I'm convinced we are heading for a major economic crash. I think people need to do this, and the sooner they start planning and implementing the better. Tell your sister I said so. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill. I have told my sister many times that we will all return to living as our grandparents lived. Here you give us a perfect example and are leading the way. I have read many stories where a small plot of land has provided all that the owner needed in the way of food, not to mention the peace and accomplishment achieved.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I happen to believe in what you just wrote. There is much to be said for the simple life. Getting back to basics is such a relaxing way to live. I wouldn't have it any other way, my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good idea, Deb. It's odd...the goldfinch is our state bird, and I've only seen one in all the time I've lived here. I don't know where they hide but it sure isn't near me. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps. You can be sure that when we get the goats and ducks there will be pictures for all to see. I love spreading the good news.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, I thank you for your kind wishes for us. We are living a very good life, and I wish the same for you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, we have for sure, but we did it the smart way. We took it slow and did one small project at a time, so it really didn't seem like an overload. :) Thanks for reading.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Bill, what a wonderful, inspiring hub. I truly believe that if more people could adopt your way of life there would be fewer ulcers, less heart disease, and sales in the pharmaceutical industry would plummet. So happy for you and Bev. Thanks for sharing another peak into your backyard and your life.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      How cool! Thanks for clarifying. You'll have to to plant some sunflowers for them. We get flocks of goldfinches in the garden when our sunflowers bloom. They love the seeds.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      It's great to connect with animals, they're pure and unconditional. I would love to see pictures of the two dairy goats and two ducks when you have them 'installed'. Beautiful Hub again about your wishes and your simple happiness, my friend.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      I loved going through this post. Bill, nothing can be more beautiful than living a natural life, very close to the soil, hearing birds chirps, rearing critters and tending to plants. The city life, on the other hand, is stifling.

      You have chosen the best way of living. I aspire for and dream this kind of living. Your passionate words ' I am continuing a tradition as old as mankind ' reveal your true fervor and attachment. My good wishes are with you and Bev. Thanks for sharing this lovely hub.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sometimes the simple life ain't so simple. You obviously have put a lot of work into your urban garden.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Diva, if you are serious about Olympia, feel free to email me at holland1145@yahoo.com and I'll answer any questions you might have.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that sentence of your husband's says it all. This is what it's all about! True words, my friend, and I know you get it.

      Have a superb weekend, dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Naturegirl. I would love to move to the country but a part of me is afraid to do so. I think I might lose all control and buy hundreds of animals. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you just nailed it....we are doing what we love doing, and that's all that matters. You are your book ideas, Carol. LOL I need another lifetime for all of this. I would like to make a series of videos about urban farming, so that's a definite possibility this summer. Stay tuned.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, that's sad about the bunnies. We just love ours.

      Finches...no reason, really, other than we love having birds around, they are easy to take care of, and they do well in a community of other birds and animals. Ours will be in the same enclosure with quail, guinea pigs and rabbits. Will we raise and sell them? I guess it's possible, Deb, but that isn't our purpose.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I get it! Life is good on the farm. The other day, my husband and I were out in the back yard watering, clipping, and pinching the veggies. We had taken our morning beverages out to sit after the morning routine. We sat quietly for a few minutes. Then my husband looked at me and said, "This is what it's all about." I absolutely love this lifestyle. Simple, yet abundant in many ways.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Diva, Olympia is kind of a funky, throwback city. Many of the lots are large like ours (1/8 acre) and animals and urban farming are encouraged in the city limits. Olympia is also small, so larger lots are in the county and more farming and animals are allowed in the county....and the county is a five minute drive in any direction from the actual city.

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      Yvonne L. B. 2 years ago from Covington, LA

      Wonderful place and ideas. We plan to get some rabbits and quail to add to our sustainable place. We're more in the country... outside the city limits. Your aviary looks great. Good story.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      To me the fact that you love your life is the most important thing you wrote about...but that is just me. I love how your vision has changed and grown from the first small veggie garden. So the book..when ?

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Tell me more. Why finches? I have never heard of anyone raising them. What will you do with them?

      And, I almost became a rabbit mama today. We had five inches of rain last night, and this morning I found two baby bunnies in the garden. One was dead, drowned in the rain, and the other was barely alive. I brought him in the house to get him warm and dry but, sadly, bunny didn't make it. :(

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Bill, is the area you are living zoned for large lots such as yours? I'm wondering what part of the state is this for me to search property? Seriously thinking of moving, not to a really isolated area, sort of in a town but not, where urban farm living is the landscape.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara! We love it here. I'm happy to hear you are container gardening and finding joy from the birds. I didn't know how much I loved birds until we started our little project here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sally, and you look very nice green. :) It's a great color for you. LOL

      I love how you were raised. That sounds like a great childhood.

      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DJ. I will include more pictures in the future. I sure have a lot to choose from.

      Everyone is happy on the farm today. My little corner of Paradise is running smoothly today and we are all happy.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Sha! Who would have ever thought that I could build something that actually looks nice? LOL Certainly not me.

      Thank you and Happy Weekend!

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      BarbaraCasey 2 years ago

      Your stories are so inspiring, Bill. We're renting, so can't install anything permanent, but have started container gardening and love to feed and watch the birds on our very tiny urban lake.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      I turned a little green when I read this one. I don't remember being born that color! I definitely understand where you are coming from. That is exactly the life I lived when I was a nipper. My sisters and I had our own patch of garden and we were encouraged to grow veg and flowers which we sold back to my mother:) We had ducks, turkeys, bantams, rabbits, fruit trees, vegetables and were pretty much self-sufficient. My parents were a real example to us.

      Have a great weekend on the Urban Farm.

      Sally

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      What an amazing read this morning. It sounds like an adventure at a

      farm. The idea of goats is a super idea. Not only will you get milk, but

      you can make soft goat milk cheese.

      Bill it is easier to relate to what you are talking about when you include

      the photos. So, please continue to show pictures so we get a good mental image of your Urban Farm.

      You and Bev did a super job on the aviary. Once inch from square is perfect in my book.

      Your enthusiasm is contagious.

      You and Bev are actually 'living in the future'.

      You are indeed a very fortunate man.

      Thank you for sharing,

      DJ.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You've created Paradise, Bill. You're living life the way you want and are giving back to the land. I know your animals love you as much as you love them. To top it all off, you've gained a new skill: carpentry!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I understand why people live in apartment buildings and condos, and I have nothing against them...but...I need land and critters. It's just who I am. :) Thanks for spending part of your Friday with me.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      What a pleasure it is, Bill, first thing in the morning (or any time at all) to read about the life of a contented man. More power to you and Bev, m'dear.

      I love watching the activity of baby ducklings and once considered adopting some. But the manager of the building dissuaded me. :(

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian. We never get bored, my friend. Come on over for a visit one of these days.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Bill, I am astounded at the ever growing scope of your fraction of an acre urban farm. It's wonderful that you and Bev are loving it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Diva! We certainly enjoy ours, although this morning, when the quail woke me at 4:30, I had a moment when I wasn't too fond of them all. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we'll raise finches. In fact, we're getting some this weekend. Tell us all about your two new chickens. I can't wait to hear about them.

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      I love animals too, and this urban farm is precisely my necessity. Waking up in the morning with so much to do tending to the goats, ducks, quails, chickens, and honey bees would give so much more meaning to the day...and no better life to be had.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      So tell me about the finches. Will you actually be raising finches, or do you mean the wild finches will just move on in? I, too, would love to have goats and bees, but I don't think either is going to happen. But I am bringing home two new chickens tonight!