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Clucking Around

Once again our friends from Cooking up a Story (CUpS) found a fine feature among the  farmers, fermentors, foragers and full-on fantastic people working to flip-flop our fractured food system. This week, they profiled the lively chickens, goats and ducks residing at Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply in Sellwood. Despite the goat’s prima donna nature, Naomi managed to get a few words in to share her breadth of knowledge on raising chickens.

Naomi led a few spring classes in our Urban Growth Bounty that were barnyard hits. Her store is a great place for advice and supplies for the urban homesteader.

If you’re a fledgling farmer interested in getting some feathery friends of your own, here’s what you need to know on the city-side of things:

-         You are allowed to keep up to three chickens on your property without a permit.

-         If you plan on a hen haven (and want more than three chickens) you must notify your neighbors and apply for a permit with Multnomah County, basically to show you have the capacity to keep your flock in fine fettle without disturbing the neighborhood.

-         Roosters are not allowed in Portland (sorry male squawkers!)

If you have a passion for poultry, this Saturday’s 2010 Tour de Coops, organized by Growing Gardens, is a great chance to eggs-plore Portland’s finest chicks.