In an effort to be more Earth friendly and know where our food sources come from, activities such as having a small backyard chicken farm and composting is a great way to go green. But before you begin, check to make sure your city or town allows keeping chickens. Some have rules as to the number of chickens you are allowed to have, some ban having a rooster, and others ban chickens in residential areas altogether.
Years ago it was not uncommon for chickens to be seen, even in residential areas, wandering around the backyard. Naturally they found their way to the dinner tables as they were, after all, a food source. Over time the practice of keeping and owning chickens died out, but now there is a growing movement to take up backyard chicken raising and more people are jumping on the bandwagon. Wanting to know that the chicken on their plate was raised and fed properly, people are once again raising chickens in their yards and enjoying the results.
Composting is a great way to cut down on landfill waste, plus it creates wonderful soil that can be used in the garden. There are several types of ready-made composting bins, or you can build one yourself. You can even find books on composting at most bookstores. If you have a flock of chickens in your backyard, you can toss some of your vegetable scraps to them, put the rest in the compost bin, then combine the resulting soil with the chicken waste from your coop, and you’ll have the best fertilizer in town.