Urban Chickens

Guest Host:

Matt McCleskey
Urban Chickens

Why you could soon see a chicken in your neighbor's backyard. A look inside the growing movement to bring chickens back to cities, and how our local governments are reacting.

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.

Guests

Caryn Ernst

D.C. citizen advocate for backyard hens

Pat Foreman

Author, City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-reyclers, and Local Food Producers (Perfect Paperback)

Manny Howard

Author, My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm (Scribner)

Jason Grant

Communications Manager, Prince William County

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Manny Howard on His "Farm"

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