Posts Tagged ‘urban agriculture’

Chicago Tonight Covers Urban Agriculture

Chicago Tonight covered urban ag in this fun piece. They focused on goats and touched on bees and (of course!) chickens!

Canadian Right to Food Trial

Piggybacking on my 1/26/2012 post, there is a legal argument over the right to local food in Calgary, which was sparked by backyard hens. Chickens are no longer a pivot point in the argument; it has now encompassed larger issues that involve municipalities determining what their residents consume. Read more here. 

Sept. 7 Windy City Harvest Open House for Adults Interested in Urban Agriculture

If you are interested in urban agriculture as a profession, consider Windy City Harvest. This organization is currently seeking adults to apply for their certificate program.
Open House
There will be an open house on Sept 7th. Current students will be giving tours of the AVI & CCBC farm sites. Here is an invite:
Windy City Harvest Program
The program will start in early Feb and run through mid Oct, 2012. There is no age limit or other restrictions, however, this is a labor intensive program – students must be able to lift material weighing up to 50 lbs on a daily basis and work outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Check out the following documents for more information:

WCH Fact Sheet

Please return your application by September 30, 2011 to:

Luanne Janikowski
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe IL, 60022
Or fax it to 847.835.4484

To complete the application process for 2012, you will need to attend a Mandatory Information Session. Pick one of two dates: September 23rd or 30th 9am-12pm at the Arturo Velasquez Institute.

The Urban Chicken Consultant Suggests: Chicken Sitting

Here is a potential niche market idea: chicken sitting!

When chicken owners go out of town, they have to find someone to care for their birds. In steps… the chicken sitter!

This would be a good side gig for someone who likes chickens and has some time to drive around town to take care of other people’s birds while the owners are out of town. If you have ample property and can maintain quarantine of diverse groups of birds, you may be able to do it from home.

Read up on disease prevention in flocks before trying this. Different flocks coexist with different micro-organisms, so it’s important to keep their germs to themselves.

Chicago’s Urban Chicken Movement Reaches Michigan Avenue

The urban chicken movement is really picking up speed here in Chicago, and this chic (chick?) new trend has reached trendy and cultured Michigan Avenue: the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Randolph dedicated an exhibit to urban avian agriculture this summer.

There were pictures of Chicago’s feathered residents, a full-size coop, information and resources on raising chickens, and educational displays about hens and eggs. Martha Boyd from Angelic Organics Learning Center was instrumental in creating the exhibit, and chicken owners from around town contributed pictures of their birds and coops.

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