Farewell Bobbi Jo
Farewell Bobbi Jo

Photo by Audrey Pavia I lost one of my hens, blue Leghorn bantam Bobbi Jo. About two weeks ago, I noticed that Bobbi Jo, one of my blue Leghorn bantams, was not putting herself to sleep in the coop with the other chickens. I would have suspected she was sitting on eggs somewhere, but none […]

Riding in the Rain
Riding in the Rain

Audrey Pavia’s blog – Riding in the Rain – Urban Farm OnlineAudrey Pavia, rain, horseback ridingWhile most urban farmers hide indoors during our rare rainstorms, I like to go outside and the rain.Today I took it to the extreme — I mounted up Milagro and went out for a ride.apaviaRiding in the RainDuring this weekend’s […]

Living Large
Living Large

Photo by Audrey Pavia A view of the horse stalls on my small urban farm. Whenever I ride around the equestrian community where I live, I get a severe case of property envy. Some people around here managed to score anywhere from 3 to 5 acres for their urban farms. I, on the other hand, […]

Nigel Courses
Nigel Courses

Audrey Pavia’s blog – Nigel Courses – Urban Farm OnlineAudrey Pavia, nigel, coursing, corgi, certificationThis month, my Corgi turns 11.I haven’t done much with him in the last few years, but when I found out about the American Kennel Club’s new instinct certification in coursing, I knew we had to go for it.apaviaNigel CoursesAge is […]

Red Goes Home
Red Goes Home

Audrey Pavia’s blog – Red Goes Home – Urban Farm OnlineAudrey Pavia, red, quarter horse, giving up my horseLast month, I wrote about my decision to give up my 22-year-old Quarter Horse, Red, due to financial issues.Today, Red left me for his new/old home with my friends Kim and Mike, who are Red’s former owners.apaviaRed […]

Little Shiva
Little Shiva

Photo by Audrey Pavia Shiva, the little Sebright who got me started in chickens. I was looking at my flock of bantams the other day and suddenly remembered how I came to own chickens. It was all thanks to a Sebright hen by the name of Shiva. Ever since I was a kid, I had […]

Milagro and the Purse
Milagro and the Purse

Photo by Audrey Pavia Milagro, nudging the most delicious purse he’s ever tasted. Milagro’s back has been bothering him, evidenced by the way he flinches when I run my hand over the muscle just in front of his hip. So, I scheduled a visit for him with an equine chiropractor. The chiropractor could only come […]

A Day of Goats
A Day of Goats

Photo by Audrey Pavia Here are the goats I met on a hike this weekend, hard at work on fire abatement. The beautiful weather on Saturday made it a perfect day to hike near the beach. I opted to start at a little park at the top of a hill overlooking Laguna Beach, Calif., a […]

Giving Back
Giving Back

Photo by Audrey Pavia Zani, this blue-pointed Ragdoll, is one of the cats I met at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center. I have a soft spot in my heart for homeless creatures, which might explain why so many of my urban farm animals are rescues. All four of my cats, two of my […]

Chirpy
Chirpy

Photo by Audrey Pavia Me and Chirpy, a House Sparrow we raised from a nestling. Lately, when I throw feed to my chickens in the morning, a thieving flock of House Sparrows flies down, grabs some of the pellets and flies up into the bushes to feast. Rather than get irritated at them, I am […]