WellesleyWeston Magazine


Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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ing, which needn't happen on a daily basis. Most have setups where the design of the coops or pens maximize efficient clean up, which reduces unwanted smells and waste build up. Amie Smith's coop is lined with newspapers. "When it is time to change the lining," she says, "I roll them up and send them to our compost pile." The synergy of animal leavings and compost dovetails nicely with the passion livestock keepers seem to have for gardening. Smith grows strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, basil, tomatoes, and various greens. She is in good company. "We grow 20 different vegetables along with peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and apples," says Jenny Tulloss, who along with her husband, Rees, has 48 chickens and 6 roosters. "The dirt we turn over from the hen house eventually ends up in the garden." The Tulloss family lives on a woodsy lot in Weston that seems to have worked as hard for them as they have for it. Not only does the family have a small egg business, Rees Turress harvested enough cherry wood off the land to craft the stylish cabinets that line their open-concept kitchen. The Tulloss's two children have grown up partnering with their parents in the upkeep of this suburban home- stead. "I love learning how to cultivate things and take care of animals," says 16-year-old Camille. "Most of my friends spend their time indoors on their computers." Getting young members of the family on board with the rhythms and routine of keeping animals plays a large part in many families' choice to participate in backyard farming. "We thought it would be really good for the kids," observes Weston resident Elizabeth Wilder, whose very young daughter and son are entranced by the Wilders' six goats. "It teaches them responsibility and compassion." Regular chores tie the children to the animals, which reinforces the animal/human bond. "The kids just loved the chickens," says Marsha Sussman, whose family is now fully engaged. "When they were young, their friends thought it was totally cool because most of them didn't have animals, let alone chickens." John Burress goes further. "The animals are only part of it," he says. "What you have to realize that it also a community builder. I have people who will come to the house and take care of the 118 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 Backyard Farming M E D I A B A K E R Y "The kids just loved the chickens." – Marsha Sussman

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