Natural Living Des Moines


Calling all Urban chicken farmers by sarahtar
September 7, 2011, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Community

Attention all Des Moines Urban Chicken farmers!!

I’d love to put up a collection of all of our coops and chickens, so PLEASE send me (or send me the URL to) a picture of your girls and of your coop. I can post them with whatever details you wish to share. Thanks!!



Calling all Ankeny residents! by sarahtar
June 7, 2011, 9:49 am
Filed under: Community, Home and Garden, News

Do you think you might want to raise your own chickens at any time in the future? Or are you supportive of the idea in general, even though you may not want to raise them yourself? The city council is poised to pass a new regulation that would forbid chickens in the city limits. NOW is the time to make a difference! Please check out the Iowa Urban Chicken Farmers group on Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, please contact me directly and I’ll get you in touch with the folks trying to persuade the Council that chickens aren’t disease-ridden, horrible animals. The Council needs FACTS to counteract the FEAR that they’re currently working from.



Cedar Rapids approves urban chickens! by sarahtar
July 28, 2010, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Community

Good news for those who live in Cedar Rapids – the Cedar Rapids City Council yesterday approved backyard chickens!

According to KCCI, residents can keep up to 6 chickens in their yard.

The ordinance said chickens must be in a fenced area at least 10 feet from property lines and 25 feet from any adjacent home, church, school or business. Odors can’t be “perceptible” beyond the boundaries of the yard.

As a humorous aside,

Resident Audrey Rahn noted that raccoons love chickens, and backyard chickens could mean more raccoons. She wondered if the city would need a bow hunt of raccoons.



Green Gifts Fair by sarahtar
November 16, 2009, 5:22 pm
Filed under: Community, Events

It was completely awesome. It was busy from 10:00 until about 3, when it became markedly slower, but still with a steady stream of people. Some vendors sold nearly out of what they brought!

Green Gifts Fair
Green Gifts Fair
Green Gifts Fair
These photos are from when everyone was getting set up, after our heart-attack inducing discovery that they had NOT emptied the room as they were supposed to, and we had to do quite a bit of very fast carrying of things into the back room. BUT! It all worked out!

11/15 Green Gifts Fair
Green Gifts Fair
Green Gifts Fair
Green Gifts Fair
Green Gifts Fair



Iowans for Informed Consent by sarahtar
October 2, 2009, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Check This Out!, Community

Iowans for Informed Consent seems to be a relatively new organization in Iowa. They are focused on informed consent relative to vaccines, and particularly the H1N1 vaccine.



Free Yoga! by sarahtar
May 23, 2009, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Community, Events

At Gray’s Lake: Saturdays 9-10, led by various Yogis.

At the Downtown Community Garden: Sundays at 5, led by Maggie from Firehouse Yoga.  (E 6th and Scott)



Really Really Free Market by sarahtar
April 28, 2009, 9:08 pm
Filed under: Community, Events

I have no good way to update the calendar just now (laptop in the shop), but wanted to be sure to share this exciting event:

Des Moines Really Really Free Market

May 2, 11-3, Drake Park (24th and Cottage)

Everyone is welcome at this free event, where all are encouraged to give, receive, and create on their own terms. This free and open market will be a celebration of the cooperation and gift-giving that make life possible beyond the constraints of capitalist markets. The event is self-organized by everyone who participates. No authority rules over the RRFM. As at previous events, we trust that people sharing rather than competing will be able to find their own ways to cooperate with each other and function smoothly.

Everyone is invited to arrive from 11am ’till late afternoon with goods, services, skills, performances, stories, crafts, food, games, music, clothing, furniture, plants, and resources to give and share with others in the community. There is no buying, selling or exchanging involved—in this market, everything is strictly free. Better than a yard sale, the Really Really Free Market has no price tags!

As at other Really Really Free Markets across the U.S. and around the world, we create and participate in an alternative world, a world in which resources are held in common, the community meets the needs of the community, and “free” means just that: really, really free. The Really Really Free Market is an afternoon when social status can be earned by giving things rather than owning things, and when giving and receiving happens directly rather than being administered through an institution or organization.

Nothing is required for participation, but if you would like to give something at the event, please think creatively about the skills you have and could teach, the useful or beautiful things you have and don’t need, or the resources you might be able to bring and share with people to create something during the event. This event is not a ‘dumping ground’ for people to get rid of things they don’t want; rather it is a space where people come together to provide for each other, inspire each other, and share together in the abundance of goods, skills, and creativity of our community. People are encouraged to take responsibility for any goods they bring that are not taken by the end of the event.