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Event Tue Feb 12 2013

Coming to a Backyard Near You...

Odd as it sounds, my chickens moved to the 'burbs last year. They cited reasons similar to many a friend finding themselves in a soon-to-be roosting situation: more family friendly environs, more space... you know you've heard it before, too. My living situation changed such that my three egg-laying gals couldn't squeeze onto the terrace at my boyfriend's apartment, but I still have many a Saturday morning where even the farmers market eggs disappoint.

The reasons for having livestock in the city are many: self-sustainability, better quality ingredients, an unending supply of perfect hostess gifts and exotic hobby bragging rights. If you are part of the masses who have been tempted to go whole hog (pun intended) on urban agriculture, who have bookmarked Williams-Sonoma's entire agrarian section, head over to the Garfield Park Conservatory this Saturday between 10am and 1pm for Chicago's first ever FREE Urban Livestock Expo. Truth be told, the folks here have a much more realistic (financially and logistically) way of bringing livestock into your very own backyard.

Check the Advocates for Urban Agriculture's website for more details.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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