Matt Owen (right) is the family architect and construction engineer. But it’s a full family experience when building anything. Matt and son Talan (left) are beside the nesting boxes where Talan and Audra collect the eggs they sell. They have a compost bin near the chicken coop, and they use table scraps, bedding, grass clippings and anything else that breaks down as compost, which they then use as fertilizer. (Carol Mowdy Bond)

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