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My name is Asia. I live near Main and King Edward in a big old house with a small front garden. I live with my husband Nate (Nathaniel), my parents Jean and Renee, my brother Lucas and his girlfriend Maddie. We also have a tenant, she has a big dog named Seamus. In the backyard we keep chickens and have some additional garden space.
Early in 2009 Nate built me my first veggie garden. At first I was a little reluctant, but coming home every day, passing all those green growing things got me interested; It wasn't long before I was weeding, watering, learning and planning.
Spring of 2010 we brought home a box of mixed chicks. It's been a bumpy ride navigating slipped tendon, crowing cockerels, intestinal worms and raccoons. We’ve learned much with the help of some folks here at Village Vancouver (Thanks Ross, Jordan Maynard, Julia Smith and others). We’ve been involved in a couple of Chicken 101 workshops, and were featured in the WestEnder last June http://www.westender.com/articles/entry/chickens-come-home-to-roost/ along with our friends Nayt and Julia. Over Christmas, we hatched some more chicks, this time from eggs in an incubator.
We were recently featured again in the WestEnder, this time representing Village Vancouver, http://www.westender.com/articles/entry/cover-story-it-takes-a-village along with Ross Moster. It was a great honor and a big incentive “to get more involved”. This year we are planning to expand our vegetable garden to a friend’s yard, learn how to keep honeybees and build a greenhouse.