Pets vs. livestock: Cracking open the myths about backyard chickens

Last spring I decided that this was the year I was going to finally get some chickens. On a snowy Saturday in March I brought home six tiny cheepers that I bought at my local ranch store in Livingston, Montana. Two of them died right off, which didn’t entirely surprise me: those fluffballs didn’t look like...

RIP crap beef

"No grilling, no barbecue: Recalled beef buried in landfill" was the lede story of my local paper in Livingston, Montana, this evening. The Livingston Enterprise led with a large photo of a front-end loader burying recalled Hallmark/Westland beef. More than 2300 pounds of recalled beef products...

Alice Waters and Montana’s Ameya Preserve: Slow Food uber alles?

The following is by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, who writes the LivingSmall blog from Livingston, Montana; she is the author of the novel Place Last Seen (read the first chapter). Alice Waters finally responded to the questions I raised here about her involvement with the Ameya Preserve. Of course, she didn't...

Strange bedfellows: Why is Alice Waters involved with the Ameya Preserve in Montana?

The following is by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, who has contributed previously and we hope will soon join the Ethicurean kitchen formally. Charlotte writes the LivingSmall blog from Livingston, Montana; she is the author of the novel Place Last Seen (Picador, 2000). Alice Waters is everywhere right now,...

LivingSmall in Montana: What’s in your freezer?

Please welcome a new contributor from the real West, Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, who writes the LivingSmall blog, grows a garden, and is restoring a 1903 bungalow in Livingston, Montana. She's too modest to say so herself, but she's also the author of the novel Place Last Seen (Picador, 2000), which got...