Urban Livestock Expo 2/16/13 at Garfield Park Conservatory

Angelic Organics Learning Center and Advocates for Urban Agriculture are holding their first-ever Urban Livestock Expo February 16, 2013 from 10AM to 1PM at Garfield Park Conservatory. They are partnering with the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts and hosted by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

The Expo offers the chance to network with new and experienced urban livestock keepers and learn about raising chickens/poultry, bees, goats, and rabbits in the city. The focus is on raising animals responsibly in backyards, with representatives of many urban livestock groups, projects, and businesses on hand to tell visitors about opportunities for learning, visits, apprenticeships,
sources of supplies, networking, and more.

Very brief presentations on each “critter group” (chickens, bees, goats, rabbits) start at 10:15, followed by in-depth discussions, and then time to mingle and browse information tables. The in-depth discussions will lift up primary issues for people to consider about raising livestock in the city; for example, quality housing and care, sources of food and supplies, manure management, perceptions of
bees, concerns about attracting rats and predators, and biological lifecycles.

The goals of the Expo are to foster the health and well being of animals and people living together in the city, to highlight livestock as part of an integratedecological urban lifestyle, and to increase local food security – starting in our backyards.

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