For a while, I have been tacitly involved with a loose group of people who are strong supporters of urban farming. So, strong and so passionate about it, they campaigned for and successfully changed a city ordinance allowing for the keeping of chickens within the city limits of Duluth. My involvement revolved around being technical support for their website, duluthcitychickens.org. On a side note, I recently took over control of the site and hope to get it updated in both style and content. If you have questions, send us an email – people at duluthcitychickens.org
Last Friday, June 18, 2010, I contacted Marian Syrjamaki-Kuchta (one of the Duluth City Chicken people) to see if she had time for me to stop by for a photo shoot of her chickens; she lives near UMD, where I happen to spend my days…working – gainfully employed by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Marian was taking an early lunch, so she swung by my office; we headed over to her house. MJ heard I was heading over to see chickens; she made a beeline down to my office to join us. Marian has a tiny lot, but it is more than enough for her coop, and a fenced area where her five or so chickens can roam freely. She also gave us a dozen eggs and some basil sproutlings. I took 55 photos, but the ones, below, seemed to be the best.