I live in a small town (10,000) out side of Madison, WI. Madison enjoys the legalization of small backyard chicken coops. Our town prohibits them. I was quite sad when I found out that I was not able to raise a few laying hens for eggs and meat as well as a priceless experience for my child. So, I am attempting to change this law.
Here's why: The values of homesteading have been wiped out from our culture, and I for one would like to bring them back before they are gone for good. I support local and sustainable food movements, and, call me crazy, but I also think its just plain neat to have a little bit of country wisdom.
"For most people of my grandparents generation had an intuitive sense of agricultural basics: when various and vegetables come into season, which ones to keep through the winter, how to preserve others. On what day autumn's first frost will likely fall on their county, and when to expect the last one in the spring. Which crops can be planted before the last frost, and which must wait. Which grains are Autumn planted. What an asparagus patch looks like in August. Most importantly: what animals and vegetables thrive in one's immediate region and how to live well on those, with little else thrown into the mix beyond a bag of flour, a pinch of salt, and a handful of coffee." -Kingsolver "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"
I am hoping to attain some of this knowledge through urban homesteading and pass it on to my children. But first I need to get some chickens!!!! I'm meeting with some other supporters of this issue soon and I'm excited to get started with my campaign.