, Newburyport, MA

February 4, 2014

Edible Garden Group to discuss raising chickens

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — JoAnn Whitley of Salisbury will be the featured speaker for the February meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group.

The program begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank community room, 63 State Street, Newburyport.

Whitley and her husband Ray got their first three chicks last May after getting a special permit from the Town of Salisbury. They now have a flock of nine and raise them for both meat and eggs. She will be speaking on what they have learned about raising backyard chickens. Whitley will share stories and lessons learned about coop building, equipment and supplies needed, keeping chickens safe, chicken doctors and more.

Whitley has created a Facebook page called The Chicken Keeper and is interested in connecting with others in the area who have, or are thinking about, raising chickens.

The Edible Garden Group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing, including veggies, fruits, nuts. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably grown local food. For more information, contact Deb Carey at or 978-388- 5629.