I lugged my city girl butt to the local country agricultural fair this week, and had a blast. Who knew judging chickens, goats, pigs, bulls, and large squash could be so much fun. I chatted with farmers, learned some farming lingo, and enjoyed the sights and sounds a country fair has to offer.
While at the fair, I also learned about something a little bit strange, something called backyard chickens. Yes, I just wrote backyard chickens. Apparently, there is a movement in urban areas to raise a few backyard chickens for fresh eggs. Crazy? Clucky? Plucky? Anychicken, the notion of building a small coop and raising a few chicks kind of appeals to my sense of farming wonder. I don’t think I’ll financially fatten my nest egg by taking on this adventure, but what the peck! If you’ve ever raised chickens, built a coop, or just think me a bird brain, please leave a comment below. I could use some advice. Snicker.
Why oh why does it seem my neighbors tomatoes are tastier, juicier, and more delicious than my own? Easy. My neighbor plants these wonderful fruits called Heirloom Tomatoes. Wowwy. This year I planted Lemon Boys and Beefsteaks. But the Heirloom tomatoes are by far the most beautiful, tender, and tasty. I need some tomato advice from those wiser than myself…where on earth does one find these heirloom tomatoes? I live in BC, Canada. My neighbor is keeping mum on her source, so I’m at a loss.
Kimberly Palmer, Alpha Consumer
Kimberly Palmer at Alpha Consumer (US News) wrote two awesome articles on how to make money blogging. I am especially honored since Kimberly interviewed me (Squawks) to be in her piece! Thanks Kimberly! Kimberly’s blog is loaded with incredible content, including podcasts. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to earn money writing a blog, then do visit her articles below:
I participated in the Carnival of Personal Finance this week where One Caveman hosted the Fire up the Grill Edition!. This carnival really sizzles with lovely photographs and a sense of humor. A big thanks to One Caveman for including me as an Editor’s Pick!
Personal Finance Network
I get by with a little help from my friends. Here is my network roundup!
- Clever Dude: Save Money on Contact Lenses
- Canadian Capitalist: “Pitfalls” of Indexing
- Quest for Four Pillars: Pricing
- Blunt Money: The World is Not Like Me
- Money Ning: Buy an Investment Property or Dividend Yielding Stocks
Anyhoo, I’m spending the rest of today researching tomatoes and chickens. If you’ve got some gardening or chicken advice for this city girl, please do leave a comment below. I need all the help I can get!
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