Chickens and YOU Kick-off Lecture

Chickens and YOU Training Series
Leading to the

Master Chicken Keeper Certification

Chickens are mascots of the local foods movement. Chickens have skill sets that can be gainfully  employed in backyard gardens. This series of courses explores in detail with hand-on, real-life information and discussions that give you practical and effective cutting-edge ways to integrate chickens in with your yard and garden that benefit you, your neighborhood and your community. They can empower urban agriculture, and serve as clucking civic workers to help save BIG TIME local tax-payer dollars. Benefits of using a “Chicken Have-More Plan” are explored. It’s time to “think outside the coop and inside your garden” and these courses show you how.

• Laying Hens 101
• Gardening with Chickens
• Brooding Baby Chicks from Scratch
• Way of the Hen: Using Broody Hens to Incubate and Hatch Eggs Naturally
• Composting with Chicken Helpers
• How to be a Chicken Whisperer
• Eggs-trordinary Eggs! The Chemistry and Science behind Cooking with Eggs
• Coop Construction
• Chicken Tractor Construction
• Processing Birds for Meat
• Roosters 101
• Showing Poultry
• How to Get Chickens Legalized In Your City: Strategies from Across North America

We recommend you purchase one or both of Pat’s books for reference.  Autographed copies are available on

Chickens and You! The Chicken Have-More Plan Explained
This is the KICK-OFF for this series of courses in Central Virginia!  Inspired by the book called The Have-More Plan:  A Little Land – A Lot of Living by Ed and Carolyn Robinson, author Patricia Foreman  expanded on the role that chickens play in her popular and timely book:  City Chicks:  Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers
During this  class, we will explore the role chickens play in the following four subjects:
  • Enhancing Backyard Agriculture
  • Diverting Food and Yard “Waste” Out of Landfills
  • Decreasing Oil Consumption and Lowering Carbon Footprints
  • National Defense & Emergency Preparedness
 About the Instructor
Patricia Foreman graduated from Indiana University with a Masters of Public Administration.  She went on to Graduate School and received her BSC both from Indiana, and then from Purdue University, where she majored in Animal Science, Genetics and Nutrition.  She is both an author and licensed pharmacist.

She is the author of City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Laying Hens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-recyclers and Local food Suppliers.  She is the co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry, Backyard Market Gardening and A Tiny Home to Call Your Own.
There will be a question and answer session after the class led by Pat Foreman.

To arrange a course in your area, contact Lisa Dearden: or 804-314-9141

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