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A Visit To The ‘Freak Farm’ In Back Of The Yards

Tristan Beache homesteads in urban Chicago where he raises chickens, ducks, rabbits, and grows a number of vegetables. (Photo By A.J. Viola)

Tristan Beache homesteads in urban Chicago where he raises chickens, ducks, rabbits, and grows a number of vegetables. (Photo By A.J. Viola)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — On a typical Chicago block on the city’s South Side, there’s a house that’s anything but typical.

Its owner has just been named Homesteader of the Year–by rural lifestyle magazine “GRIT.”

Welcome to the so-called “freak farm.”

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“We were dubbed that mostly because I usually have a number of artists living here,” said Tristan Beache.

In the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Beache offers a reporter a tour of his urban farm.

“We woke up one my my roosters, I guess,” he says to a visitor.

Down the back stairs and into the yard, one can find roosters, ducks, hens, rabbits and crops.

For Beache, this is a lifestyle.

“I am trying to find ways to live in a more sustainable, low-impact way,” he said.

By trade, Tristian is a sound engineer who teaches and tours with bands.