Pat Foreman, Poultry Pioneer

Name: Pat ForemanPat Foreman Poultry Pioneer

Occupation: Poultry Pioneer, Local Foods and Sustainability Fanatic, Author, Pharmacist

Place of Residence: Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

Poultry and Local Foods Background: 

From a remarkable and diverse background, Pat never expected to become associated so strongly with chickens. Her life has intertwined several professions, which all have the thread of optimal health, sustainable agriculture and public service. Her careers include pharmacist, international consulting and training, organic farming, animal husbandry, green construction and professional writing.

Her duel degrees from Purdue University in pharmacy, and animal science (genetics, nutrition) created her life’s paradox. The nutrition taught in pharmacy school began — and ended with — the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Amazingly, the RDA is only the minimal amount of a nutrient necessary to keep disease from showing in humans!

On the opposite side of the nutritional spectrum, her animal science studies taught her how to formulate feed rations for optimal health, and then compliment the nutrition with quality genetics and environment.

Even today, Pat has yet to understand why there is so much known about nutrition for livestock, and yet the RDA remains the standard medically recommended minimum amount of nutrition for humans that only keeps disease from showing…for a while. The RDA has nothing to do with optimal health.

Pat has kept poultry for about 25 years. She has experience ranging from employing chickens to build topsoil for a community farm, to co-owning and operating a small-scale farm with free range, organic layers, broilers and turkeys. The commercial operation included managing breeder flocks, incubating eggs, pasturing poultry, finished processing and direct marketing.

Along the way, Pat studied permaculture and soil science. She understands how mineralized, living soils grow healthy plants that transfer nutrients up the food chain…or not. Living soils produce healthy animals, vegetables, fruits, nuts and people — and that is the focus of her interest in chickens because of how chicken sill sets help create living soils and empower local agriculture.

Whereas her life path might appear to be attention deficit, there is an intertwined theme. Healthy soils, foods, non-toxic housing and sustainable environments crate a healthy planet. To her, it is all the same subject; the gossamer web of life.

She is the author of City Chicks, co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry, Backyard Market Gardening and A Tiny Home to Call Your Own.

Pat is the developer of the Chickens and You Training Series leading to the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification (

Current Projects: 

• Founder of the The Gossamer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to Global Sustainability and Local Foods. Under the Gossamer Foundation I’m working to develop:

• Chickens And YOU Training Series leading to the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification. The Primary Series contains 8 workshops. Internet classes will be available starting February, 2013.

• Coop Corps™, a cross between Habitat for Humanity and Heifer International, but Coop Corps is part of the Chicken Stimulus Package intended to help enable and involve individuals, families, communities, schools, churches, and other nonprofits learn how to keep and employ chickens in kitchen and production gardens, thus helping folks become more local food self-sufficient.

There are individual as well as group Coop Corps projects for organizations including schools, community gardens, congressional flocks, group homes and other service organizations.

With every Coop Corps project, one more flock is on the path to Occupy Backyards and help provide a healthy local food supply that supports local self-reliance and emergency preparedness.

Coop Corps is a project of program of the Gossamer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to global sustainability and local foods.

More Places to Find Pat on the Web: 

Talk shows:

Pat loves to talk and has been on many radio talk shows including NPR & BBC Spark, Civic Soapbox and the Kojo Nnambi Talk Show. 

Sustainable World Radio 

Pat is the former co-host of the Chicken Whisperer Talk Show. 

Pat is an experienced speaker, trainer and consultant. Contact her through for event information and scheduling.


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