About the Author

Kenny Coogan

Kenny Coogan

Kenny Coogan, CPBT-KA is a freelance writer, author and permaculturist in Florida. He has more than 15 years of experience as a poultry owner, and has trained birds professionally at zoos and aquariums for seven years. He has cared for pigeons, penguins and porcupines. His all-time favorite animal to work with and care for are sloths.
He wrote weekly pet columns for three newspapers in New York State for three years. Archives can be found at his column’s Facebook page: Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan.
Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior and is a certified professional bird trainer through the International Avian Trainers Certification Board. His children’s book titled "A Tenrec Named Trey (And other odd lettered animals that like to play),” is an eight story anthology regarding bizarre but real exotic animals. He is a regular columnist for Backyared Poultry, Countryside and Florida Gardening magazines.
In addition to growing annual vegetables from seed in his greenhouse and then transplanting them into one of his six raised vegetable beds, Coogan is transforming his homestead into a permaculture landscape. Free tree trimmings are used as mulched pathways, 70 year old oak trees serve as trellises for passionfruit and loofa vines and a half dozen rain barrels store valuable rainwater for supplementing the vegetable gardens. Edible trees, including various bananas and citrus, Moringa, Chaya, katuk (Sauropus androgynus), loquat, pomegranate, jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), peanut butter (Bunchosia argentea) and miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), now grow where sandy soil once laid unproductively. He shares his one acre Florida homestead with two cats, eight chickens, six ducks and a 26-year-old female Moluccan cockatoo named Buddy.

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Articles by Kenny Coogan

A Recipe for Luxurious Luffas

Gardening

A Recipe for Luxurious Luffas

“Taste this,” Paew Piromya tells me in her father’s Bangkok restaurant as she passes a green vegetable dish with brown gravy across the table. “Guess what it is.”

The thick vegetarian gravy

The Cushaw Squash

Gardening

The Cushaw Squash

With an oblong shape, crooked neck and bulbous bottom, the Cushaw Squash has large vines that are vigorous and produce well in the South’s warm Summers. Learn more about Cushaw

Peace, Love and Pigeons

Poultry

Peace, Love and Pigeons

Releasing white homing pigeons will surely add majesty to a wedding or enlightened spirituality to a memorial service. Throughout time, birds have been used in ceremonies and events. White homing

Summer Smoothie Recipes

Topics

Summer Smoothie Recipes

The last year or so of high school through college, a close group of friends and I would go rollerblading or bike riding along the river. We would travel between three

12 Ways To Improve Plant Sales

Topics

12 Ways To Improve Plant Sales

I purchased my one-acre homestead for its location, mature trees and potential to grow rows and rows of vegetables. It was an added benefit when I discovered that my backyard neighbors,

When The iGeneration Gardens

Topics

When The iGeneration Gardens

Photos and Story By Kenny Coogan, Florida

Turning off your televisions and mobile devices and spending some uninterrupted time with your family and yard may not only be good for your