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LH 32: Gardening With Chickens – Interview with Jessi Bloom

Welcome to Episode #32 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

This week I interview Jessi Bloom of Northwest Bloom.

She’s an ecological landscape designer, professional horticulturist certified arborist and the lead designer and the owner of the company Northwest Bloom in Washington.

And Jessi has also written two books – One on permaculture and one on backyard chicken keeping.

It’s the chicken keeping book we’re chatting about on this week’s podcast.

Free Range Chicken Gardens – How to Create a Beautiful Chicken Friendly Yard.

This book is perfect for the person wanting chickens AND a beautiful garden at the same time.

It’s all about creating a habitat for your chickens so they can be free range without destroying your yard. Plus it has lots of practical tips for living a bit more sustainably too.

It’s REALLY good!

Get a sneak peak into the book and learn:

  • How many chickens you should start with in your backyard
  • What stocking rate means and why it’s critical for a chicken friendly yard
  • Three specific things chickens can help you do in your yard – (Might surprise you)
  • How to avoid having your chickens eating the food that’s meant for YOU
  • What you need to know before using chicken manure as a fertilizer in your garden


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Free Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom

Practical Permaculture by Jessi Bloom

NW Bloom  (Jessi’s website)

GGWTV – Modern Homesteading (TV episode with Jessi Bloom)

GGWTV – Chicken Keeping 101 (TV episode with me)

Keeping Backyard Chickens (blog post)



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #32


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  • What to expect going forward

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.