Join Gwenne Baile, Founder and Chair of Camden County Chickens and Chair of Haddon Township’s Backyard Chicken Advisory Board to learn the fundamentals of raising hens in the suburban backyard. Her presentation will touch on gardening, composting and sustainability of having hens as well as general knowledge of what is involved with owning hens. Chickens are considered an invaluable part of permaculture. “Permaculture", or permanent (agri)culture, means working with natural forces - wind, sun, & water - to provide food, shelter, water & other needs with minimum labor & without depleting the land. Permaculture is a holistic approach based on traditional agricultural practices. Put the hens to work in your yard and make them earn their chicken scratch! Accompanying her will be two of her hens including Rosebud, her therapy chicken. A lucky member of the audience will win eggs from her hens.
Camden County Chickens is a networking group that Gwenne started about four years ago as a way to connect residents of a town that banned chickens or severely restricted having them. The Facebook page grew to over 650 plus members. She also maintains a Facebook page for her Therapy Hen, Rosebud, called “On the Road with Rosebud the Therapy Chicken.
Gwenne was born and raised in South Jersey and has lived in Haddon Township for 33 years. She just finished her term as First Vice President of our club and previously served as board Secretary. She is a former Camden County Master Gardener. Since her retirement in 2009 after 39 years as a registered nurse including the last 28 as a Certified Nurse Midwife, she was finally able to get involved more in her community focusing on everything sustainable and green. She is on the board of several sustainability groups in our area and lectures frequently on topics such as composting and organic gardening as well as teaching the required class on backyard chickens required by area towns that have adopted chicken pilots. While staying very involved and busy with those organizations, most of her time is devoted to taking Rosebud to such places as assisted living facilities and elderly daycare as well as visiting special education classes and working with the developmentally-challenged. Gwenne and Rosebud are thrilled to now be affiliated with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia working with their autism program “Access to Science” as well as participating in their regular dinosaur programs since chickens are “modern day dinosaurs”. When not traveling with Rosebud, she has been successful in working with grassroots groups in eight towns to get backyard chicken pilot programs or ordinance changes allowing a few backyard hens and is working with several more. She is “the chicken lady of South Jersey” .
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September 12, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
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Program: "Scoop the Coop -- Backyard Chickens - More Than Just Pets That Give You Breakfast"
Presented by Gwenne Baile
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