Have you been to Buckley’s Homestead Supply lately?
If you haven’t been there for a class or to pick up chicken feed recently, I recommend stopping by.
You’ll remember from the last article that Buckley’s is owned by Ed and Allison Buckley. Their story always reminds me of the classic immigrant story, except that they’re not immigrants. I think Ed is from the east coast and Allison might even be a native of Colorado. Ed works nights for a local dairy and Allison is a teacher. They run their old-fashioned-looking store and their homestead as a team. When you go into the store, you can imagine them living above it.
They don’t actually live there, but imagining that they do adds to the homespun atmosphere.
Ed and Allison started the store simply because they saw a need and an opportunity. Allison explains how they got to wondering why there were no feed stores on the west side, even though that’s where most of urban chickens in this town live.
The store is growing every month. Allison attributes this to word of mouth and the fact that they are always bringing in new kinds of merchandise.
“I want to know what you want in this store,” she says. And this curiousity has served them well. They learn about all sorts of homesteading skills and supplies when people come in looking for them.
Buckley’s hosts classes where you can learn homesteading skills. Visit their website for a schedule of classes or stop in and check out the board. You can buy some chicken or goat feed while you’re there and they’ll carry it to your car for you!
But be careful. If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ll come out with something else that you weren’t looking for when you went in.
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