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Deanna and Daisy are old friends from grad school that like to fool around with back-to-basics living in the burbs.  Daisy is a private gal, not near as tacky as Deanna.  (If you want to see lots of pictures of someone, check Deanna’s page.)

Daisy taught Deanna everything she knows and writes for Birds and Blooms .

She has 8 chicks, half that many children, a little house, and a very understanding husband.

Daisy can grow the best tomatoes you ever ate.

And everything BEAUTIFUL on the site is from her.  Deanna doesn’t do beautiful.

And even though you never see her mug, she is the best question answerer!  You can email her or comment on her posts and she will get back to you.

Not so much Deanna.  See Deanna’s face lots, but Daisy is the diligent communicator.     Write her here!

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Kayci January 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I read about your goat adventures in the Commercial Appeal and I am wondering if you might be able to help me out? I live in your area and I REALLY want to get a couple mini goats of my own, but I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out who to talk to. I’m just getting the run around from different city offices so far. Let me know if you think you might be interested in helping a fellow urban homesteader out. Thanks!

Ivory Soap January 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

What municipality are you in? If you are in Collierville, it’s a big hassle. Lots of signatures to get a permit. But for Germantown and Bartlett you don’t need any permission. Memphis is pretty much a “No, unless you’re neighbors aren’t going to complain.”

Kayci January 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Thanks! I am in Memphis. Part of the city code says, “The health officer shall issue permits only when the keeping of such animals in the yard or buildings, and under the circumstances set forth in the application for the permit, shall not injuriously affect the public’s health. ” (http://library.municode.com/HTML/16109/level2/T8_C8-8.html#T8_C8-8_s8-8-10)So far no one I have talked to knows who the “health officer” is, but the code says there IS a permit process. I have called Animal Control, Animal Services, the Health Department, Code Enforcement, and a few others that I was forwarded to, but they keep trying to send me back and forth to each other. There is a bar on Beale St. that has goats called Silky O’Sullivans. I figure, if a restaurant can keep goats and its not “injurious to public health” they why shouldn’t I be able to have them in my backyard? I don’t think my neighbors would complain, they love our chickens, I just want to make sure I do it legally so i don’t have to try to hide them and worry about them getting taken away. Thank you!

MollyBee March 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

I had to laugh at your asparagus entry. I did the same thing and finally planted a nice bed of it. The first year was fine and I let it grow and was patient not to cut it. The second year and all following years the bunnies enjoyed it. Even with a fence, they managed to get to the succulent stalks of deliciousness. Ha-ha Good luck with yours.

Lori July 14, 2011 at 6:28 am

Kayci and anyone else, I too am in memphis city limits and would like to have a goat. Did you ever find out how to obtain a permit? Just wondering if you went ahead with the goat, or if you applied for the permit, were you able to get one? Thanks so much!

Carla July 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

The soaps & hand-knitted washcloth look positively scrumptious! Makes me want to take a nice long soak in the tub.

Deb September 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

So~~~I’m thinking TL wrote this… Ha ha! I love this site!

Jelaine Zastrow December 17, 2011 at 4:44 am

Check with the local animal shelters. They adopt out animals and would know the rules of (goat) residency. Veterinarians would know of clients that have goats and could refer you to the proper authority or goat owners who could be of assistance and perhaps become a mutual bond in the future.

Frankie Guinle January 17, 2012 at 7:28 am

I have lways been a cloth user but there are certain things you need paper towels for: draining bacon, picking up puppy poop, kid fridge spills,, etc. If you used cloth towels for these you would have to immediately wash them in hot water and thereby more waste.

Joy February 1, 2012 at 7:01 am

What state do you live in? I am interested in this because of all that you have grown this winter. I live in central Maryland.

Tomato Lady February 1, 2012 at 7:08 am

Joy–We’re in TN. Eliot Coleman writes from the perspective of Maine, so his methods are applicable to very cold conditions.

Bill Zollinger February 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I enjoyed your article in today’s CA. I grew up hearing my mother, now 92, talking about her “pet” chicken. She said it was all her family could afford during the great depression.

I would certainly consider having chickens in my back yard but I am not sure they are permitted in Germantown.


kay February 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

i want to get a small goat, pgymy, i know caswell has one in collierville, can i keep one, also i would like a couple of chickens, which i have raised before when i lived elsewhere, i am concerned about snakes eating the eggs and staying in the hen house. what about it? what are collierville’s rules on goats????

Catharine March 14, 2012 at 12:05 am


You have to see the British comedy series called The Good Life (in US it was called Good Neighbors) about suburban homesteaders. It’s great and the couple who are farming are so endearing and sweet. Penelope Keith is great as the next door neighbor.

Tomato Lady March 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

Catharine–I saw that a long time ago. The next door neighbors were a hoot. Understanding (or at least tolerant) neighbors make a big difference, don’t they?

Abigail March 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

You are my heroine! I just found your site (via a mention on the Mater Amabilis site), and have spent hours perusing all of your wonderful suggestions and links. I feel so blessed to have found you, as you have given my heart courage to keep going on this homesteading/homeschooling adventure. Onward!

Tomato Lady March 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Abigail–Hello and welcome! Thank you so much for your kind words, we’re blessed to have you!

Lynda March 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

I have a question about laying hens. . . . when I was taking care of the chickens, we got eggs every day. I put laying pellets in their “feeder” and scattered a cup or two of chicken scratch in the chicken run in the morning. We had to replace our hens (mink got in one night) and now my husband feeds. We get no eggs. He puts a lot chicken scratch everywhere, inside and outside morning and night — pellets are still in the “feeder.” Does his method of m=feeding have anything to do with no eggs or are our chickens duds?

Tomato Lady March 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

Lynda–How old are your new birds? Hens, especially past their second year of life, go on a laying hiatus in the colder months, from about Halloween to Valentine’s Day. Scratch is considered more of a “treat” than a diet staple, but it wouldn’t cause your chickens to quit laying in and of itself. Maybe they just need more time to get going. Are they not eating the pellets at all anymore?

Carl April 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Got our copy of the book. We both think it’s great. Fame was(hopefully) bred again last month (we borrowed a buck Nubian, and are glad he’s gone home. deodorizing the barn is going to be a challenge, plus Tracy’s horse HATED him) so we may have kids later on this summer.
Thanks again and I’m using your tips in building a couple more raised garden beds this year. Everyone interested in self sufficiency should get your book.
Carl and Tracy
Udder Bliss Farm, Rossville

Kate July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

Love the blog – you guys are GREAT!

Lori September 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

Hi! i am another person in the memphis city limits wondering about goats! I have been dreaming about my pet goat ownership for 5 years and am finally in a place to get one. The way i understand the law is that one needs a permit, but there is no one to issue the permit and a permit does not exist. Should i just get one and hope that nothing happens? i am so afraid i might lose my goat. I plan to talk to the neighbors before hand…but too much investigation with the health department might blow up on us all…what should we do? anyone ever get any answers on this?

Ivory Soap October 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

In memphis, it’s supposedly a no-no. However, like anything, if your neighbors don’t complain, no one will bother you. I ended up with a permit for collierville, but it was invented just for me. I asked permission…don’t do that. If you get a goat and the neighbors complain, you can easily sell it that afternoon on Craigslist. Goats aren’t like dogs. They are “useful” and wanted by farmers. No boy goats though. Only girls. Boy goats are the devil.

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