Me and Harriet

Me and Harriet

I grew up in Montana where we raised animals and food of all sorts. I moved to the city to go to school…and stayed. Although I love Portland, I missed some of the ‘homemade’ ways of country living, so I decided to learn how to grow and raise more of my food, even in the city, in constricted spaces and with animal limits that are new with the urban territory.

It’s been a wild ride! Learning how to build my own chicken coop (which took almost an entire  summer), keep my chickens healthy and happy, and raise enough food (for more than a snack) in these small city spaces.

I currently own 10 chickens, one cat, and several raised bed gardens. And I’m happy. (How can you have chickens and NOT be happy??). Please join me as I chat with you weekly about chickens, food, gardening, canning or other city farming mishaps and adventures.

Please also come visit my websites: City Girl Farming and City Girl Chickens for more information on growing and raising your own food in the city!


25 Responses to About

  1. Lisa says:

    West Coast Seeds! For the west coast of Canada.


    Love your blog and website!


    The Universal Gardener

  2. David W. Johnson says:

    I enjoyed reading through your web site. It’s great information for those getting started. I think it it’s great that you take the time to share your knowledge and success stories. It’s easy to take a person out of the country, but it’s hard to take the country of them. I too miss the country life. It’s hard work, but satisfying.

  3. Jaime Lowe says:

    Good Day to you City Girl Farmer! I stumbled upon your website and blog after doing a google images search on rabbit hutches. It was a picture of a red hutch turned chicken coop. I entered your site and it has consumed my world for the past 2 days! It was a most pleasant surprise and such a fun journey! I too, have a City Farm in Millbrae,CA. with a 5 year old son, garden, 6 hilarious and charming chickens, a rabbit, guinea pig, 2 cats, dog, bird, fish, lizard, hermit crab… I take the “one of each” approach on pets. Haha! I laughed and cried as I read your blog, the chicken sweaters and fart eggs had me in hysterics. I downloaded your beautiful watercolor freebies with stars in my eyes. I also swooned over the crocheted chickens and I serendipitously found one yesterday at a second hand store for 95cents, the same day that I studied them on your blog and printed the instructions!
    I am looking forward to following your blog City Girl, and maybe swapping stories!
    Jaime Lowe

    • Thanks for making my day! :) I’m so glad you found me. Welcome!

      And please do share you stories. I love hearing about others adventures with chickens as much as I enjoy telling mine. What’s there not to love about chickens, right? LOL.

      Come back often and thanks again!

  4. Grow it at Home says:

    I stumbled upon your blog after searching for gardening blogs on wordpress. I am no stranger to blogging but just started a blog called Grow it at Home. Its about growing our own food in our yard. We live in a subdivision with a home association and rules. Rules like no chickens or livestock on our property. That one bums me the most as I would love to have chickens and bees. We have built a garden in our back yard and recently turned our front landscape into a garden. I am slowly removing the grass and adding food and fruit trees. I have always been inspired by the Urban Homestead in California. Because I have an association, I have to slowly added more and more to my garden in hopes that they leave us alone.

    I enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to reading more.


    • Hey Joelle, thanks for stopping by. I looked at your blog and I love what you’re doing over there. Very inspiring. Good luck with it all!!
      Thankfully I live in an area of the city that allows us to have as many chickens as we want (even roosters–but I don’t want my neighbors to hate me)…but I have lots of friends nearby that live in HOA’s and can’t have any. :( I hope that changes for all of you soon! Chickens make the world a happier place!
      PS I’m going to add your blog to my blog roll. :)

      • Grow it at Home says:

        Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. I appreciate it!! I too have added your blog to my blog roll. Thanks again!

  5. Anna Alkin says:

    Wow, this is the site I’ve been looking for, and you are so close to me in Eugene! I have a lot to learn from you, Kerrie, from the looks of your site. Thanks for checking out my blog, too.

  6. Paul Cox says:

    Hi there City Girl,

    I enjoyed reading your post about duck eggs vs. chicken eggs. Well-worded comparison: “Lately, I’ve been thinking of ducks. Ducks are noisier than chickens. They’re also messier and they like to have their own swimming pool (which seems a bit snooty compared to the humble chickens). But in return, there’s the promise of eggs. Bigger eggs than chickens lay.”

    I work at the new HGTV Gardens blog and write a lawn care series, but we have a few bloggers who write about chickens. One just wrote about the whole ducks vs. chickens decision. Check it out sometime. Maybe one day I’ll take the plunge into raising livestock.

  7. Fyre Garnett says:

    I’m loving your adventures! I’m about to do the city-to-country change and alot of your ideas are definitely on my list to get my own chickens going! Keep up the great work!

    Maybe I should start my own little chronicle… heck, just the dog’s reaction to these changes would be worth it!

    • Kerrie says:

      Thanks! And yes! DO IT! City Dog Goes Country Life! I love it! ha. Good luck. I envy you. Someday I’d like to be back out in the country too….ahhhhh.

  8. The Belmont Rooster says:


  9. Found your blog while pecking around the web looking for connections to spread the word on the newest episode in my TV series that is on PBS channels across America, “American Barn Stories and Other Tales From the Heartlands’. In fact, Oregon PBS in Portland is looking at the show right now for consideration of air!

    I’ll be happy to follow your blog as I am also starting to blog and could probably learn something from what you’ve been doing. Find my blog at http://www.americanbarnstories.net and thanks for setting a great example. I think what you’re doing would be a great story in an upcoming episode — I’ll let you know if I’m ever getting out your way!

  10. The Belmont Rooster says:

    I am about yo nominate your AWESOME blog for an award. Please email me at belmontrooster@centurylink.net.

  11. The Belmont Rooster says:

    Congradulations! I have just nominated your blog for the Shine On Award. THis link will take you to my post about the award: http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/my-shine-on-award-2/.

  12. mariazahnd says:

    You have a wonderful blog. I look forward to following it ! I have also started a blog http://sanityinthecity.com/
    We moved from a farm to the city and I like what you have going on. I think I can learn a lot, This is exciting. Thanks for the connection.

    • Kerrie says:

      Hey thanks for stopping by. I just headed over to your blog and it looks great! It is important to find the spaces of PEACE in the hustle and bustle, for sure!

  13. Shari says:

    It is really fun to find your blog. We are doing the same thing in the city in Arizona. We have chickens, and love to garden. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    • Kerrie says:

      Hi Shari, thanks for stopping by! How is it with the heat and hens in AZ? My girls sure don’t like it up in the Pacific NW and it doesn’t get nearly as hot here. :)

  14. Kelly Swenson says:

    HI Kerrie – I am so glad to happen on your blog! I love it / miss hearing from you, but now knowing that you have adopted MY old way of life (Montana ranch and farm!) will LOVE staying in touch! I hope to come to Portland area during Spring break – would really like to see you then! hugs, Kelly

    • Kerrie says:

      Hi Kelly! Sorry I’ve been MIA. :) How’d you find me?? haha. Yes, track me down when you’re in town. I’m planning a trip with some friends home to Montana this summer as well. Would be nice to catch up.

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