Get The Truth About Urban Hens
By Ian Paulson
(WINDSOR, ON) – The old fable Chicken Little describes how a young chick comes to the conclusion that the world is ending when an acorn drops on her head. The common theme of “the sky is falling” is much like how Windsor City Councilors ran around warning of all kinds of looming malaise when a few proponents of keeping backyard hens approached council to float the idea. The self-described “Manager of Chicken Operations” (Drew Dilkens) was the leader of the mass hysteria, alerting citizens to the imminent vermin, disease, noise, filth, and depressed property values should advocates of food security get their way. No amount of lobbying, or addressing council would change Dilkens’ mind.
Against that background, Windsor Essex Community Supported Agriculture in partnership with Windsor Eats is presenting the screening of the documentary “Mad City Chickens”, as part of the Winter Bites restaurant promotion. On 19 January at the Capitol Theatre the truth behind urban chickens and food security will be presented to help off-set the misinformation held by some councilors.
Mad City Chickens is a film about people who keep chickens in the city – Yes a number of cities do allow this to happen. It’s a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad professor and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.
Highlights from the film include:
- Mother Earth News Editor-in-Chief, Cheryl Long
- Leading bird flu expert, Dr. Michael Greger
- Rare behind-the-scenes at Murray McMurray Hatchery
- Backyard Poultry editor, Elaine Belanger
- Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities, Christine Heinrichs
- Stunning results from nutritional study on pastured eggs
- Follow an urban family for an entire year as they take the poultry plunge
- A factory farm hen that refused to die even after being gassed and dumped at a landfill
PLUS…coops, birds, eggs, art, images from the Seattle Tilth group, founding members of the Mad City Chickens group, a California musical hen, a Texas life-saving flock…and yes…even a mad professor and a giant chicken find their way into the mix.
Windsor Essex Community Supported Agriculture runs a cooperative chicken coop outside of the City of Windsor boundaries, thanks to Mayor Francis’ tie breaking vote, with local families who want to legally care for their own hens and enjoy the benefits of fresh organic, truly free range eggs. Families sign up on an annual basis and take their turn heading out to the cooperative farm to complete chores and gather their own eggs. The project has been an overwhelming success.
Tickets are available now at Shopeco, Taloola Cafe, Rino’s Kitchen, or by contacting Steve Green, or at the Capitol Theater of Windsor door on the 19th of January; so many ways for you to be there. Proceeds from the screening, if any, will go to benefit Ford City Community Garden 2012 growing season.
Special offer of a Free Ticket to any Windsor City Councilor that wants to attend!
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