Baby Chicks Bring Spring Home

Baby Chicks Bring Spring Home

Yelm, Rainier, Roy, Eatonville, and the surrounding towns in our Thurston/Pierce county triangle are quite appealing to a new generation of city dwellers who want to kick the fast-paced life and try to become a little more connected to community.  In Yelm, community is growing, not just in the physical sense of a bigger population, but in the deeper sense of belonging and sharing.  From places like the Yelm Cooperative which seeks to bring people closer to the farmers who produce their food, to the Timberland Regional Library that pulls people together with activities and resources, to the Chamber of Commerce who puts on events like the Nisqually Valley Home Garden and Trade Show and Prairie Days, to the neighbor who offers to lend you his tractor trailer to haul rocks out of your garden, Yelm is focused on building community.  Somewhere in that mix is a growing desire by people to be more self-sufficient.  The buzz word for that now is sustainability

So, people who choose to move to Yelm are also looking for space to spread out and try their hand at things like gardening or horse ranching.  There are plenty of medium to large size properties to choose from for these purposes.  In backyards both large and small, however, the most popular sustainable fixture is the chicken. 

 Chickens are small, easy to care for, and the extra large, nutrient-rich, home-grown eggs they produce are worth the investment.  The beauty of living in a small, rural town, is if you live in a subdivision that doesn't allow chickens, you can drive down any county road and find handmade signs pointing their way to farm fresh eggs for sale.  This is because you don't need a license to sell eggs right off your property in Washington. 

For me, the baby chicks bring in the best of springtime to a rural community.  The feed stores can barely keep them in stock.  Yelm Farm and Pet and Del's Farm Supply set up their heat lamps and buckets and fill them with cute, fuzzy chicks, and they are truly hard to resist.  This year, we didn't resist.  We picked up a few of those cute little gals to put in our back yard.  Six months from now, I hope to be frying up omelets laid by my own small flock.  With all the buzz about needing to become more sustainable as a community and as individuals, I'm thinking that I'm just taking one step towards my own part in the big picture.



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Phone: 360-878-5401
Dated: March 29th 2012
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About Cari: I am pleased to be with RE/MAX Northwest, a highly respected and innovative real estate firm in Olym...

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