“Goats, huh?” your neighbors might say, with a wide grin or a nervous laugh and a glance at their prized rosebushes, when you tell them of your plans for a backyard barnyard.

You aren’t alone in your daydreams of living a simple life. You can go back to the land even if you don’t have much land to go back to. Urban farmsteads are popping up all over. From keeping a compost pile full of earthworms and a small chicken coop to a beehive on the rooftop and goats in the garage, a growing number of your neighbors are committing ...

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