Natural Living Des Moines

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.


Urban Chickens in Iowa City? Not if Mayor has her way by sarahtar
November 11, 2009, 12:31 pm
Filed under: News, Urban Homesteading

I enjoyed this article today about Iowa City Mayor Regina Bailey and her concerns about allowing urban chickens.


University students often leave pets behind, she says, and the city – home to the University of Iowa – would need to develop facilities to shelter abandoned chickens.
Another problem: Small Midwestern farmers are increasingly trying to raise a diversity of organic produce beyond corn, oats and soybeans. But that movement faces an uphill battle, Bailey says, when locals who are passionate about high-quality eggs bypass their local farmers.


Hm. I’m not sure that abandoned chickens will turn out to be quite the overwhelming problem she anticipates. Chickens are yummy and they move slower than most of their predators. Also, you can eat them.

Wind Turbines and Solar Panels in town by sarahtar
August 19, 2009, 10:17 am
Filed under: News

KCCI had a story recently on the issue of alternative energy sources in towns.

“There’s not really wide acceptance of it in urban areas, with small lots,” said Sam Perry, planner with the City of Ames.City administrators are facing new pressure from residents who are interested in incorporating the technology in their homes. Currently, most Iowa cities limit the construction of wind and solar generation to lots that are at least one to two acres.”That really cuts out 80 to 90 percent of residential subdivision lots,” said Perry.

Wind Turbines by sarahtar
July 8, 2009, 8:52 am
Filed under: Energy, News

Here at my house, we don’t get significant amounts of wind. Though I’ve wished we COULD have a wind turbine, and I guess we certainly could have one, it just wouldn’t make much sense.

My mom’s house, on the other hand, out by West Glen, received wind All. The. Time. We never did any studies, but my amateur guess is that a wind turbine on her roof might have actually paid off.

During a time when we as a nation are trying to cut down on our dependence on fossil fuels, and especially foreign oil, many families – urban and rural – are looking into alternative energy sources for their own household. Not content to trust that the power company is doing all they can, and not necessarily trusting that the power company will always be there, or that they will always be able to afford the power company’s services, more and more families are thinking about solar panels, wind turbines, and the like.

So why a town like Waukee would be considering banning wind turbines is a bit of a surprise.