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The Ladies of the Washington Street Hennery


Meet the Ladies of the Washington Street Hennery.

Sunny the Araucana. Georgia the Barred Rock. Astro the Australorp. And Jenny the Silver-laced Wyandotte.

We got them as one-day old chicks and they’re now almost 4 years old. Pretty much grandmas!

My chickens are a super important part of the C’sC operation. Here’s how they help:

1. They handle the kitchen scraps by eating leftover veggies, dairy, and grains.

2. They work hard in the Carter’s Compost Urban Farm by eating bad bugs and cultivating the soil with their scratching.

3. Their poop is an part of our compost recipe. Really!

4. They give me nutritious and delicious eggs so that I have lots of energy to bike Traverse City around and pick-up the buckets.

Our hens rock! Carter’s Compost would be way less awesome without them. Thanks, girls!

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The Carter’s Compost Urban Farm


The Carter’s Compost Urban Farm “completes the cycle” by growing neighborhood food using neighborhood compost made from neighborhood kitchen scraps and leaves.

Our farm is a zerowaste (nothing grown in the yard, leaves the yard), no till/gas-powered equipment (can you say, “Double dig?”), use-everything-at-least-twice (re-purpose/re-use/re-love), try-not-to-spend-any-money (borrow/share/trade/barter instead), kid-friendly garden which features:

veggie (tomato, peas, onions, garlic, squash, beans, potato, peppers) beds,
a dwarf fruit tree (cherry, apple, peach, apricot, cherry, pear) orchard,
raspberry and blueberry patches,
the C’sC Dirt Factory,
Mushrooms! (wine cap straphoria),
a working Worm Ranch,
rain barrels,
perennial veggies including asparagus and rhubarb,
bird friendly habitat with houses/baths/feeders,
native edibles including saskatoon bushes,
and the Ladies of the Washington Street Hennery.

We grow our food with love and organically using basic permaculture principles to feed our family here in the beautiful Oak Park Neighborhood of Traverse City.