‘We put together a small feast’

Photo of Eric Tiu, left, and Jameel Watson

Eric Tiu and Jameel Watson came together by chance as roommates, found they shared a common experience as former members of 4-H—Tiu in Ohio, Watson in Jamaica—and used that experience to dive into raising backyard chickens in New York City. The result: fresh local meat and eggs for themselves as well as for people in need.

“We were sitting at the kitchen table, just talking and getting to know one another,” Tiu recalled. “We discovered we were both in 4-H and we both had raised chickens. It was great to share the memories and so fascinating. We grew up in two different worlds, but we were doing the same things.

“We thought, let’s do it again and raise chickens!”

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Photo courtesy of Eric Tiu.