Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Pat Foreman, Chicken Advocate

| 9/15/2011 3:16:12 PM

Get to know Pat Foreman of Good Earth Publications. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

Pat ForemanThe three workshops I’m presenting at the Fair all revolve around enabling local food production by employing chickens’ skill sets. This could also be called the Chicken Have More Plan. The course descriptions give a good summary:

1. Gardening with—and for—Chickens: Chickens have skill sets that can be gainfully employed in backyard gardens. This interactive discussion will give you practical and effective cutting-edge ways to integrate chickens in with your yard and garden. Topics include types of fencing (what works and what doesn’t), when to let birds in—and when to keep them out—of specific crops life cycles, bird-scaping, and, best of all, getting wholesome, home-grown food for both you, and your flock. This is truly be a “Think Outside the Coop” workshop.

2. Chickens as Partners Toward Zero Waste: The chickens in your family flock have skill sets that can be used not only for local food production, but also to decrease the amount of “trash” that is collected by the solid waste management system. Learn how your feathered bi-peds can serve as biomass-recyclers and clucking civic workers to help save BIG TIME tax payer dollars, as well as planet protectors and emergency preparedness partners.

3. Chicken Whispering: Discover the Chicken You Never Knew. There are ways to handle and communicate with chickens that can result in trust, gentleness and even an emotional bond. But first you must learn how a chicken thinks, and prefers to be treated. It’s sometimes not what you think. Some birds can even be trained to serve as therapy chickens and class room assistants. Learn the basics of chicken whispering in this cutting-edge seminar.

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