Duck Duck, Chicks? December Edible Garden Group topic.

Duck, Duck, Chicks?

Tuesday, December 9

7:00 to 8:30 PM

Emma Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St, Newburyport



Thinking about backyard poultry? Wondering whether ducks might be a better choice than chickens? Curious about adding ducks to your chicken flock? The topic for the December meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group is raising ducks and chickens too.

Join us on Tuesday, December 9th at 7 PM to learn about Joan Harwood's experiences raising mixed flocks with multiple breeds of ducks and chickens. She will talk to us about why she choose to raise both, what methods she uses and what she has learned. Joan lives in Newbury and has been growing and processing her own fruits and vegetables for years in a quest to live a healthier, more sustainable, resilient life. She is now raising ducks and chickens for both eggs and meat using organic practices. Joan is the owner of Rosie’s Market Garden in Newbury where she offers herb, vegetable, fruit and flower CSA's.

The meeting will be held at the charming Emma Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase Street, Newburyport, MA.

The Edible Garden Group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing – veggies, fruits, nuts. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably-grown local food. For more information contact Deb Carey at [masked].


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  • Boiester

    Sorry to miss the meetup and information. Home troubles! Looking forward to the weekend.

    December 9

  • Elizabeth

    Joan Harwood gave a great presentation about how she transformed her grassy backyard space into a productive vegetable, fruit and poultry homestead to provide for her family and her CSA clients. Some wonderful duck & chicken stories!

    1 · December 9

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Cadance, In Newburyport there was a big hubbub several years ago about chickens. Apparently there has been something on the books for quite a while that allows a homeowner to have up to 3 pet chickens, but someone was keeping 20. Not sure what the outcome was, other than I am pretty sure we are still officially limited to 3 in residentially zoned areas. If you do chickens, in this area, you might want to check out this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thechickenkeeper/

    December 4

  • Candace01913

    We are from Amesbury and town meeting was quite heated last night on the subject of chickens. Can anyone provide town laws for Salisbury, Merrimac, Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury. Any information on how you got them passed for legal in your town would be very helpful. Thank you in advance!

    December 4

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