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of Readers and Book Lovers.

It's an Indigo Kalliope diary.

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I was asked to continue the legacy
of C J Campbell,
also known as
ulookarmless,
now deceased.

He,
apparently,
was the driving force behind the Daily Kos poetry group,
Indigo Kalliope.

Since my ramblings are in free verse,
and seen as poetry by most,
(but not my wife)
I was asked to fill in,
at least just this once.

I'm writing this diary
to "pimp" the other diary
to my few regular readers,
and to anyone who likes chicken coops,
and comes here for that topic.

I want to combine
the simple,
poetic?,
feels right concept
of doing something,
a little or a lot,
towards sustainability,
with the whole artsy culture
of serious poets,
or fun poets,
or rambling poets,
like me.

I want to combine
voluntary,
absolutely joyful,
surgical sterilization
with feeding ourselves,
but fewer of us,
(because of the surgery)
and writing passionate poetry,
passionate words about fewer humans,
fewer folks,
and feeding ourselves,
and a revolution
brought about
by small family groups,
three hundred years from now,
taking control,
because they will need to control
the world they live in.

Local government.

Please join us
at the poetry group.

Unfortunately,
because of a possible misunderstanding,
I'm not certain whether the poetry diary
will be published at 4 PM Tuesday,
or 4 PM Thursday.

Sustainability,
it might be achieved through poetry.

Please excuse
the short diary,
with no links.

I need to get to bed,
but I wanted to post a B. C. C. diary,
to continue the movement.

Keep the faith;
we probably can't do all that much,
ourselves,
but we can inspire the next generations,
and they will,
by necessity,
search for answers,
and some of them may find some ideas,
here on the servers of Daily Kos.

Thanks for reading.

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  •  Our little town is surrounded by a bigger town, (3+ / 0-)

    Iowa City, and it is considering permitting urban chickens. If that passes for Iowa City it is likely to pass here too. I would love to have a few chickens and utterly delectably fresh eggs!

    We are doing other things to reduce our foot print. Our front lawn is the sunniest part of our yard and we are gardening it for food, more and more each year. The late fall garden is still producing leeks, rocket, parsley and brussels sprouts. Yum!



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:19:01 AM PST

    •  I just finished reading this book: (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Wee Mama

      http://markhertsgaard.com/...

      Hot,
      by Mark Hertsgaard.

      In the book,
      he reports on farms in the western sahel,
      in Africa,
      where the farmers accidentally discovered
      that when they fertilize little shallow depressions
      between rows of crops
      with manure from their animals,
      the manure has seeds of local trees,
      and they end up with rows of small trees
      between rows of crops.

      Residential homes in the USA
      have the same layout,
      with rows of trees
      growing up on fence lines,
      if humans stop chopping them out,
      and board fences themselves,
      and houses themselves,
      and existing trees and bushes,
      all these things
      make the land like a sponge,
      the land holds water very well.

      So,
      if we plant all our yards with crops,
      our yield should be high,
      figured in pounds or bushels per acre,
      since we are using earthworms
      and decaying vegetation,
      not pesticides and herbicides.

      If we can add chickens to our yards,
      the chickens or ducks
      can eat the bugs.

      I'm doing more of a diary
      here in the comment thread.

      We need,
      I need,
      to plant more things,
      and yes,
      even in the front yard.

      Writing about it here
      should inspire me to start
      this coming spring,
      spring of 2013.

  •  I got ducks (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    USHomeopath, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    for Easter because
    the grandkids were here
    those cute little yellow peeps
    that never seem to live very long.

    Figured if one of those ducks
    lived long enough to get big
    it could be a watch-critter
    friendlier than a goose
    for those chickens I always wanted.

    They both got big and white and
    and spoiled entirely rotten and
    took over the back deck and
    the grandkids' wading pool and
    they both turned out to be girls and
    now we've more duck eggs than anybody eats...

    •  I have a dozen chickens (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Joieau

      although two are roosters. If we lived in the nearby town, only the hens would be allowed. We have a variety of breeds, giving us eggs in a variety of sizes and colors.

      For pot-lucks we usually make deviled eggs using homemade mayonaise. No matter how many we make, we never have left-overs.

      working for a world that works for everyone ...

      by USHomeopath on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 08:23:57 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I always wanted (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bigjacbigjacbigjac, USHomeopath

        those little feather-footed hens that lay the colored eggs. So it could be like Easter every day. But they'd never last around here without a watch-goose (or duck).

        The ducks usually drop their eggs in the coop at night, though I do occasionally find them out and about. Get 3-5 eggs a day, though one insists on every 3rd egg being a double-yolker. They're new at it, at least finally got to the point where the eggs have shells (those membrane-covered ones are definitely weird!).

        Duck eggs have more and bigger proteins than chicken eggs, some people will be allergic even if they aren't allergic to chicken eggs. Great for baking, but you have to whip them more to get any 'fluff' in a quiche or pumpkin pie. Just have to warn people with food allergies...

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