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How to Create an Instant Farm in the City

Sure, pastoral living sounds appealing—but also like a lot of work. Here, four ways to make the simple life very simple for urbanites.

Photo: Allen Cunningham/Daily Southtown

Rent chickens.

It’s the agrarian version of spending time with grandkids: Enjoy fresh eggs all summer from two hens (coop included) … then give the birds back when you’re sick of them. (No, you can’t eat them.) $400 for six to eight months, rent-a-chicken.net

Hire an apiarist.

Get loads of honey without really having to do anything. The Westside Bee Boyz will set up and tend hives in your yard. From $300 for setup, then $75 a visit, westsidebeeboyz.com

Grow veggies on your windowsill.

Cramped apartment? Not a problem. Grow peppers, snap peas, and cherry tomatoes in a box hydroponically. Science! From $139 for planter, $30 for seed kit, modsprout.com

Can in the safety of a class.

At the Chopping Block’s two locations, you can learn how to pickle your haul without fear of food poisoning. (Bonus: You can finally use the 50 Mason jars left over from your wedding.) $50, thechoppingblock.com

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