Personal is political and so on…
As is probably obvious, Paul is very involved in politics. What may be less obvious is that I (previously) hated doing anything that I perceived as remotely policy related. I want to grow an organic garden in my yard, and Paul wants to ban pesticides. Paul wants to change bad laws, where I’d just as soon bypass the bad law and do what I want. This has recently come to play with our chickens, as owning chickens in Sacramento is currently illegal. I brought home our chicks perfectly content to keep them illegally harbored in our yard, but then P went and created EAT Sacramento, a coalition of groups working on food security, and conned me into working on changing the chicken laws in Sacramento.
So I’ve spent the last few days holding chicken meetings at my house, editing reports on chickens, creating chicken Facebook groups, and reading chicken laws from various cities. I think this is what my UC Santa Cruz education was suppose to have prepared me for.
If anyone is interested in joining in on the efforts, you can start by attending our press conference on Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day):
Many cities throughout the Unites States including Oakland, Los Angeles, Denver, and Portland (just to name a few) allow residents to raise laying hens. Let’s encourage Sacramento to follow their lead.
A backyard flock provides nutritious eggs, soil amendment for gardeners, pest control, and countless hours of amusement. Traditionally, a small kitchen garden and a few hens were common in urban backyards. The current economic climate has served as an impetus for Sacramentans to roll up their sleeves and grow their own food. The chicken ordinance inhibits resident’s ability to keep hens for egg production.Join local politicians, organizations, and residents as we kick off the campaign to repeal this ordinance!