Rock Creek Park celebrates its 125th anniversary next year. We speak with two local experts with books about the history, flora, and fauna that abound in Washington's "backyard."
Guest Host: Matt McCleskey
For some enthusiasts, backyard birds are an environmentally-sound way to create fertilizer, get rid of kitchen scraps, and provide fresh eggs. Others say urban chickens take the “locavore” movement too far, creating a neighborhood nuisance. We explore the growing movement to bring animals like chickens back to cities, and how localities are reacting.
- Jason Grant Communications Manager, Prince William County
- Manny Howard Author, My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm (Scribner)
- Pat Foreman Author, City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-reyclers, and Local Food Producers (Perfect Paperback)
- Caryn Ernst D.C. citizen advocate for backyard hens
Manny Howard on His “Farm”
In this video produced by New York Magazine, Manny Howard talks about setting up and maintaining his small farming patch in the backyard of his Brooklyn house:
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