Last week, I met one of my food heroes and teachers — Joel Salatin — the lunatic farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia. Never heard of him? Let’s fix that.
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Urban homesteaders in Michigan have had it easy for over three decades, but the state has ended its Right to Farm Act.
Backyard chickens are a big part of the local food movement, but there’s a dark side to urban chicken-keeping that folks don’t talk so much about.
A judge in Canada ruled last week that backyard chickens are not allowed within the city limits of Calgary.
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Eggs from hens that are confined in cages or crowded sheds are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella, while eggs from pasture raised chickens are less at risk.
Just like many other social phenomena that are good for the environment, the exploding trend of people growing their own chickens in the backyard has its naysayers. Naysayers come in a wide variety of stripes. For example, the widespread understanding that global warming is real and that we’re causing it has its naysayers, many of […]
The small city of Lancaster, Texas has had a law on its books banning all chickens within the city limits, but for years it had gone unnoticed and unenforced, until recently. That changed when a local resident found out that the previously unknown law would now be enforced citing anyone who kept chickens within the […]
I’m sitting in my backyard, surrounded by chickens and children. A couple of dogs periodically pester both species of livestock. (Yes, I did just call my child flock “livestock.”) I’m waiting on the first egg of the day, a pink speckled one from my oldest Americana hen. This backyard chicken experiment is new to my […]