Micro Urban Hen-Keeping 2015

Nashville, it is time to start planning your flock. In Alyce's Chicken Chat, on September 26th, we discussed the basics of backyard hen care, composting with hen poo, and hens as assistant gardeners with emphasis on the role of hens as pest reducers and compost helpers. Hens can become a part of your family, be a valued pet at the breakfast table and be a popular entertainment draw for backyard socials.

Our instructor, Alyce Dobyns, has a family that includes a micro-flock of laying hens as a part of her 1/5 acre garden in Inglewood. She also helped co-found her neighborhood garden club, Grow Inglewood, bringing the community together around all topics of urban farming. You don't have to live in Inglewood to enjoy the programming and events through Grow Inglewood- they have a Facebook club that anyone in the city can join, and Inglewood Library hosts many of their programs. 

Since she 'retired' from the Davidson County Master Gardeners 5 years ago she co-founded UCAN (Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville) in order to legalize her flock. In the last couple of years, UCAN has become an educational organization that speaks with different organizations like Adventure Science Center, city/government groups, and various local festivals. UCAN keeps a low profile (they are too busy raising hens and gardening!) but readily offer info to those interested.

Thank you Alyce for inspiring us with your work and words, thank you to  Greenhills Library and  Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange for hosting, and thank you to everyone who came!