Source: Chicken Owners Outside Philadelphia
As most of my friends know, my father and his partner, Nancy, keep a flock of chickens in their backyard in
So what do suburban chickens have to do with the future of urban
For the past sixty years, most American metro areas have gotten used to the trend of urban decentralization and sprawling suburbs. Could backyard farming start to change this adopted land-use pattern by reclaiming inner-ring suburbs as semi-rural land? My parents’ backyard farm community, adjacent to the pristine, 426-acre Erdenheim Farm (recently permanently preserved) makes me wonder. When I take visitors out there they often are amazed that this is the closest inner-ring suburb to one of
By farming their own eggs, these suburban chicken owners are part of the emerging local food movement in
From an urban perspective, access for low-income communities to affordable, healthy food is a major problem. There are so-called “food deserts” in many inner-city areas, where there is no supermarket or outlet for purchasing affordable produce, meat, and dairy.
On Monday the Philadelphia Daily News featured West Philly’s Mill Creek Farm in an article called “The little half-acre that could: Urban minifarms, like Mill Creek, are keeping many Philadelphians from going hungry.”
It its 2008 sustainability rankings, SustainLane ranked
One of the major arguments for local food has to do with transportation. On average, Americans’ food travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate. By promoting local food production, we can significantly cut down on a major culprit in
As some of you know, my girlfriend, Annie, did an experiment last summer trying to only eat food that had not been transported by car or truck. While some items (like salt) are not produced locally
Of course, just because it is possible to eat almost 100% local and carbon free does not mean it is easy, or that it can go mainstream. However, it does show that in
The CityPaper article points out that while chicken owning is legal in
And for the record, the answer to the title question is three to ten pounds, depending on the breed and age.