More than 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs, but that does not mean they have to be cut off from nature -- according to author Tai Moses. Her new book, Zooburbia, is a call for people to live alongside their furry and winged friends. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with Moses about a new trend to grow urban gardens that sustain wildlife.
“I always loved animals and I really did have this fantasy of being a backyard farmer, so I planted two giant, raised beds of vegetables and I got chickens and a home composter and I was really living the dream. But I was in this constant battle with the native wildlife that also was trying to eek out an existence on this same patch of land. So, this relationship of conflict was really stressful and not much fun at all. I decided to garden for wildlife instead of against them.”
Listen to the complete interview by clicking the link above. To learn more about making your backyard a certified wildlife garden click here.