One spring when she was 10 years old, Olivia Collins and her family
decided they wanted to raise a few hens in their backyard as pets and
for eggs. She called city hall and was told that chickens were illegal.
Undeterred, she approached her local city councilor and began the process
of changing the city's ordinance to allow pet hens. After a long process,
in September South Portland's City Council finally voted to change the
All over the
country, cities and towns are doing the same as their citizens become
increasingly interested in sustainable living, gardening, and eating
locally. There have been many, many news stories in the last 2-3 years
about this so-called "urban chicken movement".
Here is a link
to the archived web site that we used during the "chicken campaign"
of summer 2007. Please feel free to use any of the information on it
for your own campaign.
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