Archive for March, 2014

Arizona House Votes on Bill to Require Cities to Allow Chickens

Calling it an issue of “economic freedom,” an Arizona House panel voted Tuesday to force cities to allow residents to have poultry.

Read more here. 

2014 Classes and Appearances

Interested in taking a class with Home to Roost? Here are my upcoming events. Not able to attend? Contact me for an in-home session. 
Chicago Botanic Garden, Basic Chicken Keeping and Coop Building classes: go to and search on “chickens”
Oak Park Conservatory: chicken keeping class:
Oak Park Conservatory: chicken health class:
Class on keeping your birds healthy, as well as advice on what to do in various scenarios.
I’ll also be offering a chicken health class in July with Angelic Organics Learning Center; date TBD.

Soil in the City Conference, June 29-July 2, 2014

June 29 – July 2, 2014

The theme of this conference is “restoring our available urban land and optimizing local resources, while protecting environmental and human health and enhancing socio-cultural dialogue.” The conference will focus on three themes: (i) Urban Gardening, (ii) Green Infrastructures, and (iii) Greening Brownfields. This conference is for anyone working with planning, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining urban infrastructures and outdoor areas, including engineers, landscape architects, designers, biosolids management leaders, contractors/consultants, developers, builders, city planners, arborists, foresters, urban gardeners, researchers, and educators.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 160 E Huron St., Chicago, Illinois 60661

Early registration ends April 15

For more information and to links to registration, click here.

Agenda: Soil in the City 2014 Program with Tour Description

Growing Cities Film Screening, Sunday, March 9, 2014

Growing Cities Film Screening & Discussion
Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 3-5pm
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N Harlem Ave,
River Forest
Reserve tickets at

Please join us for a film screening and discussion of Growing Cities, which chronicles filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette’s road trip to meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

After the film, two Chicago urban agriculture activists featured in the film will participate in a 30-minute Q&A discussion. They are Harry Rhodes, Executive Director of Growing Home, and Ken Dunn, Founder and Director of The Resource Center and City Farm.

Learn more about the 29 other films in the One Earth Film Festival:

Chicago’s Good Food Festival, March 13-15, 2014

Join the Good Food movement!

Come to the Good Food Festival at the UIC Forum in Chicago. 

The purpose of the Good Food Festival & Conference is to link some of the best local farmers and family-owned producers of food and farm products with the public, trade buyers and leaders in the field to foster relationships that facilitate the growth of local food systems. now works with many of the nation’s largest buyers of local food including Whole Foods Market, Sysco, Compass Group, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Goodness Greeness, and others to connect them with local food sources.

Home to Roost will be speaking on Saturday, March 15, at 12:30 and 2:30. Check out the Raise Your Own minisession schedule and more of the scheduled events.

Coop-Building Class, March 8, 2014

This class will cover location, materials, parts of a coop, dimensions, and design considerations.