It’s beautiful out here and business is blooming! We are fully stocked with all of our fresh made soaps, lotions and cleaners. Carla is womaning the tent this weekend, so be sure to come by and say “hi” and try a sample or two.
The smell of Dray’s BBQ smoke will be your guide.
Not that we’re complaining, but it’s seems a bit weird lately living in LA. I know one of the reasons people move here is because of the weather, but this is ridiculous, right!?! Did we even have a winter or did Spring just not get the notice to arrive some time in March like usual?
Record high temperatures, flowers blooming in late January, and very little rainwater to collect for what’s sure to be a very hot summer, what’s with the environment, anyway?
It seems the warm weather even confused our flock into thinking it’s Spring. We were surprised to find our first chicken eggs, conveniently enough on January 1st after a mid season heat blast. Seems I wasn’t the only one to resolve myself to more productivity this year. Losing ourselves in the moment, we celebrated our first eggs and are very proud of what we’ve shared with our kids, collecting eggs has been the highlight of the day for the boys and their friends.
But what about the chickens? Is an early lay a good thing? Will it affect their productivity in years to come? Their life cycle? I don’t have any answers, just questions and curiosity as I got to see firsthand how the weather affected the cycle of life. When life is exposed to the elements, without insulation and heating, it takes on a whole new thing, right?
Whether or not global warming is real, there’s a bunch of things we can all do in our daily lives to make the world a cleaner, better place. So while you’re at the beach this weekend, or sunning in the garden with your flowers in full bloom, take a minute to think about what you might be missing.
At Refyll, our goal is to eliminate disposable packaging. To create safe products for the environment. To give people an alternative. If you’re on board, come and see us on Sunday at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market, ground zero for change!
We really do appreciate all of the wonderful people in this community who are supporting us. Each of you have been caring, patient, curious and excited about our new venture, Thank you! Whether you love our lotion bars or you really like the idea of reusing those beautiful jars you’ve been collecting, we’re here for you and love spending time at the market getting to know you.
Last week, we met Christy Wilhelmi, the driving force behind Gardenerd, you might call her the one-stop-shop for gardening resources and information. In addition to her passion for the garden, she also writes articles for Patch.com. After interviewing Jenn and then purchasing a couple of products to try for herself, she shared her experience with her Patch.com readers. I’ll attach a link below. And if you’re reading, Thank you, Christy!
For father’s day this year, I asked for, and to my wife and sons’ delight, received a backyard flock of chickens, six clucking beauties we rescued from a farm… eh emm… an ‘el barrio’ somewhere in the San Fernando Valley. When we took on this new endeavor, I admit, we knew very little about chickens. But in our efforts to eliminate waste and become more self sufficient and local, we thought it would be a perfect match. Now we can refyll our egg cartons, too, right?
- Build your chicken coop before you bring your chickens home.
- Chickens eat everything. We have a vegetable garden. I repeat, chickens eat everything.
- Chickens can fly. They can fly really high. Like on-top-of-my-roof high.
- Chickens don’t always come home to roost. Try saying this, “Hi neighbor, have you seen one of my chickens in your yard?”
- We have red-tailed hawks in Los Angeles. You will begin to see more of them when you get chickens in your backyard.
- Chickens poop a lot. Chickens poop everywhere. Chicken poop smells bad.
- Free range means they go where they want. They don’t go where you want. Hint: keep your doors closed when chickens are “free ranging”.
- Chickens don’t always lay eggs.
- If you eat chicken, it looks different on your plate when you have chickens looking in at you from your doorstep.
- Its harder to keep the kids out of the coop than it is to keep the chickens in the coop.
Did we miss something? Maybe a scent you’d love to smell?
We want to make really great products for everyone to enjoy, so all of your feedback is welcome.
Wow! I just came across this story about Burt’s Bees and how their product line came to be: a chance encounter between a broke beekeeper and an unemployed mother over 25 years ago.
Did you know they started at a Christmas craft fair and bake sale? The $200 they brought in on their first day was enough to tell them that they were on to something big. Talk about a vision for the future! If you use quality ingredients and make it perfect, people will find you.
We hope you’ll find us and support us at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market this weekend and be a part of OUR story… because if our sales from last week are an indicator, I think it’s gonna have a very happy ending.