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Olympic swimmer @NatalieCoughlin raises fruits, vegetables, and chickens in her backyard: #urbanfarming

Olympic swimmer @NatalieCoughlin raises fruits, vegetables, and chickens in her backyard: #urbanfarming

Natalie Coughlin at the 2011 Santa Clara Invitational. (Photo by JD Lasica /Socialmedia.biz.) It turns out Michael Phelps isn’t the only Olympic athlete who likes his greens. His fellow Team USA swimmer, Natalie Coughlin (who, with 12 medals, shares the record for most decorated American female Olympian ), also has a passion for plant life. But she’s into growing it, not smoking it. A self-described urban farmer , Coughlin raises fruits, vegetables, and chickens in her backyard in Lafayette, Calif. Indeed, if the urban gardening movement had an advertising budget, Coughlin would be its ideal poster child, promoting homegrown kale and tomatoes as the secret ingredients for Olympic strength. (Forget what you’ve heard about Yorkshire pudding , fast food , and mountains of sushi .) It’s not surprising Coughlin counts her 100-some cookbooks among her favorite possessions ; her ...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/going-for-the-green-olympic-swimmer...

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