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Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life
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Sarah Gilbert: How keeping chickens will save your life

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  • I love your presentation, Sarah. I can't say that I will be rearing chickens anytime soon, but it got me thinking along how I could get my whole family to be so conscious about their environment. Thanks for sharing.
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  • 1. How keeping chickens will save your life sarah gilbert blog producer, writer, photographer, mama
  • 2. one cold day in march, I woke up unsatisfied with my efforts to tread gently upon the world
  • 3. all I heard from the media was new ways to feel guilty; I should stop flying / washing hands / heating my home photo Lee Jordan, licensed under creative commons
  • 4. my friends and blog readers spoke with a single voice: you. need. chickens.
  • 5. yes. yes, I did. in a world where we are told what NOT to do, here was an affirmative. keep chickens.
  • 6. six days later, I took the #4 half-way across the city and bought chicks. who immediately began to save my life.
  • 7. in our arts & crafts houses, our pearl district condos, we’re disconnected from the cycle of life.
  • 8. chickens reconnect us, from their fragile first days to their desperate relationships with the wilder sort
  • 9. suddenly, our wild spaces, our worms and weeds and creepy crawly things, have meaning
  • 10. in small steps, we begin to count our urban spaces in terms of what life they support, instead of the quality of our lawn
  • 11. one day we do not ask our children to come in from the yard. instead, we go out with them. we become angry about the non-indigenous plants.
  • 12. we remember the simple pleasures of butter, flour, eggs. we wonder whether it would be possible to get a cow.
  • 13. in our single-minded quest to keep our creatures safe, we do things by hand, two parts gravel, three parts sand.
  • 14. we stop unannounced at neighbors’ houses to admire their coops. neighbors no longer walk quickly by, enraptured by our hens. we notice less litter in our front yard.
  • 15. gifts take on new meaning.
  • 16. one day, gardening does not seem so impossible. we learn about heirloom tomatoes and cover crops and composting.
  • 17. having experienced the joy and beauty of a free hen, we demand cage-free eggs, free-range beef, organic pork.
  • 18. when we see trash, we do not think, ‘how awful!’ instead, we take it home and compost it.
  • 19. we discover strange loves; we remember to do things with our hands; we reduce our waste; we tread more lightly. and instead of guilt we only feel wonder.
  • 20. we discover that we did not save money, but that we did save ourselves – from ignorance, from isolation, from disconnection, from loneliness and the loss of nature. we saved a few hundred yards of land, we saved our community, we saved our landfills, we saved our children.

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