Members of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market will offer a free workshop on how to get started keeping a flock of backyard chickens on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm.

Last fall, Kent City Council approved permitting residents to have small flocks of backyard chickens. This is great news, according to Haymaker Farmers’ Market Manager J. Andrew Rome.

“Keeping a few chickens is fun and rewarding, especially for families,” says Rome. “A small flock requires about as much work as any pet, and getting fresh eggs makes it worthwhile.”

Mike Jones of Tierra Verde Farms, Kristen Pool of Black Dog Acres Farm, and former Market Manager and backyard chicken enthusiast Fritz Seefeldt will discuss the basics of selecting and raising chickens, housing, feed, nutrition, and diseases and pests.

In addition, Kent City Council members Heidi Shaffer and Gwen Rosenberg will also be on the panel to address questions about regulations.
Attendees will receive catalogs from hatcheries and can enter a drawing to a bag of feed from Tree City Feed in Kent or a gift certificate to Meyer Hatchery in Polk, OH.

Registration is not required for this family-friendly event, but space may be limited. Please stop by the 2nd floor Information Desk beginning at 6:30 pm for a boarding pass. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.