Thursday, May 19, 2011

CLUCK Bookshelf: Susan Orlean's ANIMALISH

Just days after learning Alice Walker has a new book about chickens, we now learn Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief)  is coming out with a new essay/book Animalish that will, among other things, get to her deep connections to chickens. In fact, the New York Times features a picture cuddling a favored hen, Mabel Black Label. The Times article revealed that her latest acquisition of Swedish Flower hens came from Florida, we suspect from Greenfire Farms.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CLUCK: Chickens 101 Workshop June 4 Still Has Openings

It is not too late to sign up for the third Chickens 101 workshop, which will be held Saturday June 4th from 8:30 until noon.This is the half-day workshop recommended for people that are considering getting backyard hens. This is not a lecture in an empty classroom, but experiential education with lots of chickens of all ages. The workshop covers local laws and resources, benefits of chickens, basic care, biosecurity, and getting started. The cost is $15, which is great value for the expertise. You can register at the local ag extension website or have questions answered by calling 941-861-9900.  This event is limited to 30 people and pre-registration is required so don't delay if you are considering participating. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Five More Sarasota CLUCK Milestones

Sarasota CLUCK just keeps on keeping on -- we have five new milestones to announce that involve our blog, Facebook, our supporters, and the support we are providing:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

CLUCK bookshelf: Alice Walker -- The Chicken Chronicles

Author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is a fanMartha Stewart is onboard. And now author, poet, and Pulitzer Prize (not pullet surprise) winner Alice Walker is on the chicken bandwagon. The Diane Rehm show recently featured an interview with Alice Walker that focuses on her new book, The Chicken Chronicles.