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Get Started with Family Flocks

Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
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Workshop Level: Beginner
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Which came first: the chicken or the child? Usually, it's the chicken ... with a child trundling afterward, giggling with delight. This hens-on workshop shows kids (and adults) how to responsibly, and safely, handle a chicken. Learn tips, tricks and traps about how to keep interacting with chickens ... a fun experience that can last a lifetime. Kids learn about the value of family flocks in green communities. We will cover how chickens offer more than just eggs; they also have skills, acting as pesticiders, kitchen waste recyclers and compost creators. Understand why chickens are truly pets with benefits. There will be ample time for a question-and-answer session.

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Speaker Bio

Patricia Foreman is the founding president of the Gossamer Foundation (, and developer of the Chickens and YOU Training Series. She is the author of many sustainable agricultural books, including City Chicks, and co-author of Chicken Tractor and Backyard Market Gardening. She has been widely published in major national magazines. Foreman is a popular guest on national radio and television talk shows, including programs on NPR and CBS. She was the co-host of the Chicken Whisperer Talk Show for four years. Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in pharmacy and animal science (genetics and nutrition). She earned a master's degree from Indiana University's Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She lectures and facilitates workshops across North America on enabling local food systems.

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