Patricia Foreman, Chicken Whisperer!
Pat is the author of “City Chicks, Keeping micro-flocks of chickens as garden helpers, compost creators, bio-recyclers and local food suppliers”, her latest book. She has also co-authored “Chicken Tractor,” exploring the potential of keeping chickens through the lens of permaculture, and “Backyard Market Gardening.”
She is a Master Gardener with a degree in Animal Science and is co-host of the internationally broadcast Chicken Whisperer Backyard Poultry and Sustainable Lifestyles Talk Show.
Pat raised poultry for over 25 years, including a small-scale, vertically-integrated farm that kept breeder flock, incubated eggs, brooded chicks (free-range organic layers, broilers and turkeys). She continues to keep a family flock of heritage birds to help with the kitchen garden, build soil fertility, and supply eggs. Her flock is constantly teaching her new ways to employ poultry and she finds the charm of chickens continually entertaining.
She promises to persuade one of our chickens to sit on her shoulder while she talks about the finer points of chicken raising – understanding chicken psychology, catching and handling chickens safely, and even some chicken tricks – and answers questions. This is a free event, though donations will never be turned away! Copies of her book, City Chicks, will be available for sale.
At an event on the previous Friday (12/2, 7 – 9 pm) at the Berkeley Ecology Center, she will talk about how to use backyard flocks to create hyper-fertile soils that produce nutritious food from your garden while diverting biomass from the waste stream.