Common Ground Farm’s workshop, Basic Backyard Chickens, was held today at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center barn classroom to a standing room only audience. “Last year we had 12 people attend,” said Helenna Bratman, who runs the workshop with her husband John. This year 50 people signed up, forcing CGF to start a wait list. Part of the dramatic increase can be attributed to better publicity, including an article in the Poughkeepsie Journal. It’s also an indication that interest in regenerating our home economies is on the rise; last week’s Common Ground beekeeping workshop had 39 participants.
Those who attended the chicken workshop picked up plenty of useful information, including good breeds for urban chicken-keeping, where to buy chicks, raising healthy chickens, and chicken coop basics. They also learned how not to run afoul of local ordinances.
A local source for chicken-keeping tips is the Beacon Hen-Keeping Association.
Next week Common Ground Farm presents Learn to Grow It! An Introduction to Home Organic Vegetable Gardening