It’s summer break! We at Farmscape love summer break because we get to see your kids out at the farm and hear their takes on nature, gardening, and as you will read below, chicken hairstyling. This week I went to talk to Trinity who cares for the garden, 2 silkie chickens, and one rooster. Read the interview below to hear about Trinity’s urban farming life in Los Angeles.
Lara: Remind me how old are you, Trinity?
L: What is your favorite subject in school?
L: What do you want to be when you grow up?
T: A hairdresser like my mom and dad. I was fluffing the chicken’s hair up in the winter when it was long. My dad was going to put pink in their hair!
L: You have a great vegetable garden! What do you like about the garden?
T: I like that it’s fresh stuff and I always get to eat it and I eat it every night, pretty much. I come out here and watch the stuff grow, like I bring chairs out and the chickens sit with me, and it’s fun! I like to pick the cucumbers and eat them, and the lemon cucumbers and the peppers.
L: What’s your favorite thing to eat in the garden?
T: Pretty much the cucumbers! I like the lettuce in the winter too. When we started having lettuce in the garden, it was the only lettuce I ate. I didn’t really eat any other lettuce, I only ate it here.
L: What’s one thing in the garden you thought you wouldn’t like, and then you grew it yourself and you liked it?
T: The lettuce! It’s my favorite.
L: Wait, you didn’t like it, and now it’s your favorite?
T: Now I love it. I love the peas too. I didn’t want them and then mom made me try one and I really liked it. They’re sweet and crunchy…they were good. We throw the pods into the chicken coop. They like salad too. Daisy (the chicken) ate cucumber once.
L: Do you think you like vegetables more now than when you got the garden?
T: YES. I can’t stop eating out of the garden. Sometimes, I just come out here and pick beans and eat them.
L: Do you think you like veggies more than other kids your age?
T: Well, yeah, like our neighbors, they have two little girls, and they didn’t like any stuff, but they came over and now one likes salad and one likes salad and carrots!
L: Do you ever cook?
T: Yes, usually I make the salad and I put the peas IN the salad sometimes. And I pick the cucumbers and slice them and put them with ranch dressing.
L: A classic recipe! Tell me about your chickens. What are their names?
T: The one I’m holding is Daisy, the white one is yolk, and the black one is Meatball, the rooster, who can never stop cockle-doodle-doing. But he’s starting to bite Daisy and Yolk, so we’re taking him back to where we got him and we’re going to get little tiny babies for Daisy.
L: Aww, I’m sorry Meatball has to go. Why did you get chickens as pets?
T. Well, I wanted a pet really bad, and I asked for a dog, and my dad said no, but then my mom said chickens and he said ok! We got girls so we have eggs to eat.
L: Are Daisy and Yolk laying eggs yet?
T: No but they are supposed to start next month.
L: Why did you pick silkie chickens?
T: They are the kind of chickens that have afros. They’re really fluffy. My mom and I were looking up chickens and the regular chickens are kinda mean, and then we were looking at pictures and we just loved them, we thought they looked so cute.
L: They are super cute. So what’s next for your farm, Trinity?
T: I want a pig. If we got a pig, I’d put it next to the chickens, but my dad…when we went to get the chickens, we saw this huge pig. It was huge, it was bigger than the chicken coop. And the guy who helped us get the chickens, he said he only fed it twice a day, and the pig was huge, I mean, HUMONGOUS. My dad said “That’s what your pig will look like if we get one”. But….I want one so bad.
Farmscape has at least 7 years to wait before we can legally hire Trinity to head up our backyard pig program, tentatively scheduled to begin in Summer 2019. Thanks Trinity for sharing your farm!