Chickens in Ogden
I am proud to have received the endorsement of the Ogden Chicken Alliance. We met and had a nice long chat about the controversial issue of Ogden City residents owning and caring for chickens. This has been something our community has been discussing for several years now. I wonder why this one issue has been so problematic. To me, being a self-proclaimed urban gardener for all of my time as a homeowner in Ogden, it is a non-issue. Community members can work together to resolve any problems that might arise from responsible chicken ownership. Raising chickens in order to collect eggs is one of the most sustainable things we can do for ourselves, our families, and our community as a whole. I have friends who share their bounty from other communities surrounding ours. These eggs are more flavorful and beautiful than anything I could buy at the grocery. Removing ourselves from the life cycles of our food has consequences not only for our health, but also for the future of our environment.
I want to help cultivate a love and appreciation for where our nutrition comes from. My children understand deeply that gardening is not that fun. Cultivating food from the ground is not easy. It takes dedication, perseverance, and attention. Sometimes it can be therapeutic and sometimes frustrating. There are many times a person’s springtime excitement can dwindle to denial and neglect during the heat of the summer. But we can learn many lessons from observing and working with our environment rather than battling against it. For example, I recently removed all of the grass from my front lawn. Although, I, too, love the feeling of running through the grass in bare feet, I know that solely watering turf is not the right answer for our environment. Water-wise vegetation is one part of the answer.
Cultivating food for ourselves seems to be a reasonable use of our precious water, as well as planting sustenance for bees, butterflies, and birds. If we agree these are water-wise and responsible solutions, then we can borrow some wonderful fertilizer in order to do so from our neighbors who are caring for chickens. Reuse is one of the more overlooked elements in our saying, “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” Let’s think of the bigger picture rather than focusing so intently on the chickens. They are just one part of a cycle of nature we need to get back in touch with to improve our lives.
For more information on these topics, check out these sites:
Learn more about water conservation: http://www.weberbasin.com/conservation/
Backyard Chickens: https://www.backyardchickens.com/
Local Oasis Community Garden: https://www.juniorleagueogden.org/oasiscommunitygarden
Ogden Chicken Alliance: https://www.facebook.com/ogdenchickenalliance/