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Backyard Homesteads: Honey, I Shrunk the Farm

Photography by Lori Eanes | Captions by Della Watson

Christopher Shein's 6,500-square-foot backyard farm in Berkeley, California, is home to 30 chickens and ducks. He grows bamboo as a renewable building material, which he's used to construct plant arbors and a chicken coop. Shein's studio is built from hay bales. His three-year-old daughter, Gitanale, already has a knack for picking veggies and feeding chickens.


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