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Susan Orlean & Backyard Chickens + the UHL Market Stand

A Hen in the Yard
With Susan Orlean, staff writer, The New Yorker; author, The Orchid Thief.
Featuring a preview of the Urban Homesteaders' League Market stand by UHL founder and artist Lisa Gross.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | 7:00 pm
Museum of Science -- Cahners Theater

Love the idea of having your own Rhode Island Red that produces fresh eggs every morning, your own quirky chickens to name, or a chartreuse chicken house in the yard? The backyard chicken movement is raging across America as more people learn where our food comes from and take matters into their own hands. Join writer Susan Orlean for the inside scoop on her adventures in chicken-raising and how you too can join the movement.

Artist and Urban Homesteaders' League founder Lisa Gross will be presenting a preview of the UHL Market Stand-- a performative installation and urban intervention that will take place twice a month at the Union Square Farmers’ Market in Somerville. The stand will be an experiential learning space where visitors can learn urban homesteading skills. The artist will be selling homemade DIY kits for home-sprouting and growing heirloom vegetables in containers.

Seating is limited. Passes are available in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the program. First come, first served. Museum members may reserve a limited number of seating passes in advance.

Fee: Free

This program is part of the DIY series, in which you can "Do It Yourself" with new programs devoted to personal empowerment, good health, and fresh food at your fingertips. Admission to this program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Susan Orlean was fantastic, the live chickens were fun and hilarious, and hurrah for Lisa's amazing Market Stand!

    March 5, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the Museum of Science event:
    I didn't enjoy it. I was dissappointed that she almost entirely omitted the political context of raising your own food, as opposed to factory farming, and she seemed to talk alot without saying much!

    March 4, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exciting to test out the first run of the market stand. And Susan Orlean was great.

    March 3, 2010

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