My name is Windsor Smith and I am an honors student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

In 2010, my Dad brought home a dozen baby chickens for my 17th birthday. At this point we already had three cats, two bunny rabbits, and a baby tortoise, so adding more animals wasn’t a big deal. What I didn’t realize is that this would open up a whole new world for me, the world of urban farming.

Once, the chicks were old enough to become free range we built a coop to house them and started spending more and more time outside, creating a garden that we could potentially eat from. We started eating more fresh vegetables and organic eggs, something that I never expected to happen. Our flock of chickens continued to grow and at some point we had over twenty-five chickens,  four roosters, and two ducks. The roosters produced an alarming amount of baby chicks, which is how the name of my blog came about, Populating The Community. Because there were so many chicks we started giving them away to any good home that would take them.

Eventually family, friends, and neighbors had chicks from our original flock and the number of chickens in our neighborhood increased more and more. I decided to write this blog because it was something I had taken part in and wanted to find a community of similar people. I wanted to create a base of personal testimonies, resources, and other things for readers. All of the photos used on this blog are owned and taken by me, unless otherwise noted.


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