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Spring 2017 Out Here Magazine

Urban Backyard Chickens

By Carol Davis

 

Laura Mikulski decided that it would be nice to put a few chickens in her back yard. An avid organic gardener, she used compost tea — a liquid fertilizer made by steeping compost in water — which then led her into considering chicken manure for fertilizing.

 

“I thought, why am I buying this, when it would be wonderful if I could have chickens,” she recalls. “They would add value; I would get the manure, they would eat bugs, and I’d get eggs.”

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Cherokee Purple Tomato

By David Frey

 

Craig LeHoullier grows 177 different tomatoes in what used to be the driveway of his suburban Raleigh, N.C., home. Out of all those varieties, one stands out.

 

It’s not for its hearty purple color or its full — some say smoky — flavor, although it has all those qualities. It’s not this tomato may have been grown by Cherokee Indians before Christopher Columbus reached the continent, although that’s also part of the allure.

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Traditional Broom Maker

By Marti Attoun

 

The sweet smell of broomcorn fills the workshop as Shawn Hoefer winds and weaves the golden tassels onto a sassafras handle to make a broom that’s as beautiful as it is useful.

 

“I’ve always liked working with my hands and doing different crafts,” says Shawn.

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Out Here magazine is a quarterly publication from Tractor Supply Co. celebrating the rural lifestyle.
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