Wednesday we’re talking about chickens, an unassuming animal that emerged from the jungles of Southeast Asia to become a global food, often raised by the millions under industrial conditions. But more and more, people in urban settings are keeping small poultry flocks in their backyards as pets and for eggs and meat. We’ll trace the chicken’s natural history with the help of journalist Andrew Lawler. Urban farmer Novella Carpenter will join us to share the joys and challenges of urban chickens, and we’d like to hear your stories.
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- Andrew Lawler is a freelance journalist and a contributing writer to Science Magazine. His work has appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic and Discover among others. Follow this link to read his article about the natural history of chickens for Smithsonian. His article about the genetic lineage of the modern chicken appeared in Science.
- Novella Carpenter is an urban farmer and the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer [Amazon/Indiebound] and The Essential Urban Farmer [Amazon/Indiebound]. She also blogs about her urban farm in Oakland.