Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mad City Chickens in Santa Barbara

What a delight to be greeted by over 200 enthusiastic chicken lovers! They came to view Mad City Chickens,, and then talk about chickens. Katherine Anderson, local farmer who raises chickens and turkeys, and Loren Luyendyk,, a carpenter who builds chicken coops, also answered questions.

The Santa Barbara Library’s Faulkner Gallery is a beautiful room. People squeezed in, some sitting on the floor. They were all good humored and eager to get help with their chicken questions and willing to help others.

Bob Banner of Hope Dance is planning another Mad City Chickens showing in San Luis Obispo for September 10. I’ll post it here as soon as it is confirmed.

I’ve seen the movie several times now. It’s a Feel Good movie as well as documenting the backyard chicken situation and the legal particulars of Madison, Wisconsin. Watching it with an appreciative audience makes it all the more enjoyable.
People often ask what the legal requirements are in their communities. I’ve put together summaries for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, which I’m happy to share. Many communities post their ordinances online, so you may be able to locate the relevant ordinance yourself. If not, contact the planning and zoning department of the governing body that has jurisdiction over your property. My experience talking with the people who are there to answer questions is that they are helpful and knowledgeable. They are getting a lot of questions about chickens, so they are current about the situation in your community.


Anonymous said...

Christine, so glad to hear the screening went well. There's nothing like being in a room full of enthusiastic chicken supporters!

EO said...

Nice to know that there are people who still raise chickens just like the period when agriculture was the main thing. I support the chicken enthusiasts!