Chickens And Goats In The Backyard: Raising Livestock In Chicago

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Chickens And Goats In The Backyard: Raising Livestock In Chicago
Raising animals like chickens, rabbits, ducks, bees and even goats is perfectly legal in Chicago.

The publication Modern Farmer called Chicago “The only large urban area in the country that never explicitly outlawed the rearing of farm animals.” But keeping such animals in the city has its share of obstacles, including disease management, food safety and pacifying neighbors frustrated by their odors and noise.

Since 2013, the nonprofit coalition Advocates for Urban Agriculture has hosted an annual urban livestock expo which offers aspiring and experienced urban farmers an opportunity to learn how to care for the animals through workshops and classes by professional livestock keepers and instructors.

Laura Calvert, executive director for Advocates for Urban Agriculture, joins us to discuss urban livestock.

Nov. 17, 2016: You’re probably aware that Chicago has high schools specializing in math and science as well as the arts, but did you know that Chicago’s big urban school system has an agricultural high school?