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Chickens, commitment, and consumption

Writer Susan Orlean had a piece in The New Yorker recently about her sudden and deep-seated desire to raise chickens. It's an interesting read from a practical point of view because it talks about sick chickens, hens eaten by predators, and the difficulty in finding an appropriate coop. The artic...

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Tags: Chicken, Egg, Farm, Hen, Sustainability
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Sign the Petitions to Help Family Dairy Farms: the New Endangered Species

Whatever your views about milk products in the diet, U.S. dairy farmers are in crisis, a crisis of such magnitude that it stands to change the way milk is produced in this country. From the Ethicurean: If things continue the way they’re going, reports Farm Aid’s Hilde Steffey, the U.S. risks los...

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Tags: Agriculture, Dairy, Farm, Farmer, Milk, Petition, Rural, Usda
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Access to Inexpensive Fresh Vegetables for Would-Be Gardeners

One of the problems with cities is that green space is in short supply. Another is that the green space may not have ended up with those with green thumbs. The Washington Post explores a new trend: Sharing Backyards DC. Based on a model created by Canadians, the site has listings from some US ci...

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Tags: Backyard, Farm, Garden, Local food, Locavore, Market, Share
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Urban Gardening: New York, Cuba, and Beekeepers

After the recent post Everybody Here With Us Chickens - The Urban Chicken Coop comes news from Civil Eats of urban beekeepers. Although bees are kept legally in cities like Chicago and San Francisco, in NYC beekeepers theoretically not only have to brave the occasional sting, but fear a law enfor...

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Tags: Carbon, Cuba, Farm, Industry, New york, Urban
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