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Here's To Us...

An introduction to a new blog about gardening, sustainability, good food and fun people!

Here's to us...learning new things each day and with that knowledge, making our lives fuller.

You can call me Jess.

My husband and I live just outside of downtown Waukesha. We have a garden, a small kitchen, and a desire to provide fresh and healthy food for ourselves. After leaving a stressful career, I am now a part-time spice sales girl, part-time freelance marketer/designer and full-time gardener, bread maker and dinner maker.

I take full joy in feeding people great food and as all proper Italian women know, I know that sharing food equals love.

Although I am no expert (and won't ever claim to be), I would like to invite you to learn with me about good food, gardening, canning, and share in the experiences along the way.

And it's probably going to be funny too...as my husband said 'yes' to my idea of raising chickens. Have I done this before? No. Will it be exciting and hilarious? Most definitely.

I look forward to chatting and getting to know people in my community and sharing great recipes, ideas and encouragement!

OH! And if you ever see me riding around town on my bright green scooter, give me a wave! (and don't hit me!!)  =]

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Sonia March 13, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Awesome! Looking forward to your blog! Does Waukesha have an ordinance that allows you to raise chickens in your backyard? I've often wondered about that.
Bethany Kreiter March 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Loving the blog already! Will be following!
Jessica Malik March 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Sonia, thanks for the kind words! I am so excited to share and learn on the Patch! I have done some research on the ordinances and although there is no ordinances stating, 'you can raise chickens,' I did find this... (2) RUNNING AT LARGE. The owner or keeper of one or more horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, chickens, geese, ducks, pigeons or other domestic fowl shall prevent them from running at large in any part of the City. (5) INSPECTION OF PREMISES. Premises used in the keeping or maintaining of one or more horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats, swine or other domestic animals, shall be open to inspection of City officials or their duly designated representatives at all times. I guess I am going to be making some calls to confirm...I would hate to just do all the work and spend the money to set things up, to not be able to have them! I will keep you updated with my findings!
Jessica Malik March 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Thanks Bethany!
mau March 13, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I drew the line on raising chickens, pigs and cows. I did that growing up on the farm and don't want to do it. I do the gardening, yard work and cook from scratch as much as possible. I don't do all the canning I used to because there are not enough left in this house to eat it. We eat our vegetables mostly fresh from our garden. Most produce in the stores over winter are not fit to eat, organic or not.

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