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Hen-Deprived Urbanites Can Now Rent Chickens

A string of new businesses are bringing fluffy birds and farm-fresh eggs to a backyard near you.

Photo by Elias Gayles via Flickr

If you love eggs, but fear commitment, maybe it’s time to consider renting some chickens. Recent news reports from Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ontario have highlighted the growing trend of chicken rental businesses, allowing ovo-curious suburbanites to collect farm-fresh eggs daily in their own backyards. With the rise of urban farming and the local food movement, many non-rural people are experimenting with the birds and the bees to mixed results; for those looking to make their lives a little more farm-y, just interested in a seasonal project or even seeking an interesting pet, renting hens, along with a complete suite of supplies, might be the answer. Last week, the Chicago Daily Herald covered the phenomenon with the story of Kellie Burke, whose company, Urban Chicken Rentals, has been expanding in the Illinois suburbs. “It's becoming more and more popular,” Burke told the Daily Herald. “It's not just a trend. People are changing their lifestyles and taking control over their food.”

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For the Very First Time, We Saw Where Our Food Comes From

A trip to Nestle and to Muir Ranch gets the Pathfinder Fellows thinking about where their food comes from.

Growing up in the neighborhoods we've grown up in, we've never had a chance to see where our food comes from or how it's created, and we've never seen an actual farm. That all changed in the eighth week of the Pathfinder Fellowship. We visited Nestle Corporation and headed to an urban farm, Muir Ranch in Pasadena.

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From London Vacant Storefront to Thriving Urban Farming Hub

FARM:shop is London's first farm in a storefront.

Sandwiched in between a nail salon and a secondhand store on a busy street in East London, FARM:shop is exactly what it sounds like: an urban farm inside a store. Once a rundown building, the shop was redesigned in 2011 to include a small aquaponic fish farm, chicken coops on the roof, and greens growing in every available bit of space.

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The Fact That Changed Everything: Will Allen and Growing Power Vertical Farm

“It was part of my proposal to the city that I would to teach kids about how to grow food and about food systems—that was my purpose,” says Allen


This content is brought to you by GOOD, with support from IBM. Click here to read more stories from The Fact That Changed Everything series and here to read about other Figures of Progress.

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