If you are interested in urban agriculture as a profession, consider Windy City Harvest. This organization is currently seeking adults to apply for their certificate program.
Windy City Harvest Program
The program will start in early Feb and run through mid Oct, 2012. There is no age limit or other restrictions, however, this is a labor intensive program – students must be able to lift material weighing up to 50 lbs on a daily basis and work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
Check out the following documents for more information:
WCH Fact Sheet
Please return your application by September 30, 2011 to:
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe IL, 60022
Or fax it to 847.835.4484
To complete the application process for 2012, you will need to attend a Mandatory Information Session. Pick one of two dates: September 23rd or 30th 9am-12pm at the Arturo Velasquez Institute.
Home to Roost will be leading a chicken-keeping class at Elgin Community College on Sept. 24. Information from the course catalog is listed below. Call 847-622-3036 to register.
CEs 111 Raising Chickens in a Suburban Setting
Jennifer Murtoff is a farmer’s granddaughter who raised her own fowl in Pennsylvania. Today, she is a consultant for urban and suburban flocks in Chicagoland. She leads workshops on backyard chickens and gives presentations for groups and schools interested in raising their own flocks. The trend to provide your own nutritious food has led many communities to change ordinances concerning backyard fowl. Come and learn the basics about local laws, coop construction, health issues plus chick and adult chicken care. Jennifer provides concise information that can help you decide if raising backyard chickens in a suburban setting is for you.
300 80725 SA 10AM-12PM 9/24 ATC-235 Murtoff $35
Here is a potential niche market idea: chicken sitting!
When chicken owners go out of town, they have to find someone to care for their birds. In steps… the chicken sitter!
This would be a good side gig for someone who likes chickens and has some time to drive around town to take care of other people’s birds while the owners are out of town. If you have ample property and can maintain quarantine of diverse groups of birds, you may be able to do it from home.
Read up on disease prevention in flocks before trying this. Different flocks coexist with different micro-organisms, so it’s important to keep their germs to themselves.
I volunteer with Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, whose main purpose is rescuing migratory birds that crash into glass windows in the Loop (see my post from September of 2010). Occasionally we get calls about chickens wandering the streets.
Chicago Bird Collision Monitors is looking for volunteers to:
- monitor buildings in the Loop
- drive birds to the western suburbs
- rescue chickens
- foster chickens
If you’d be interested in helping out with any of these, please contact Chicago Bird Collision Monitors at 773-988-1867.
NOTE: While Home to Roost is concerned with the safety and welfare of chickens, we are NOT a chicken rescue. We do not take in birds.
A recent article underscores the ban on backyard hens in River Forest. Read more. Perhaps residents will decide to try to change their laws as other communities have recently done.
The Sun Times did a piece on urban chickens in Chicago! The article mentions the stranded chicks that Jacob Gaugert got; if you remember, they were rescued by Home to Roost: Traveling Chicks Land in Illinois!
Crystal Lake recently shot down an effort for folks to keep backyard hens. For more information, check out this article.