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Local Chicks Are Tasty Chicks: Backyard Birds, Chicken Stock

Let's talk chickens! Three backyard chicken farmers answer your questions, and Chef Daniel Orr uses chicken bones and veggie scraps to make a stock.

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Photo: Phae (Flickr)

Aleisha Kropf first got backyard chickens to give her daughter pets. Now she enjoys the help the chickens give her in her garden.

We got into it primarily from a pet standpoint because my daughter was interested in that, but as a family we were interested in sustainability and gardening and producing our own food.

So Aleisha Kropf started a small chicken flock in her backyard in Bloomington, Indiana. She will be joined by two other backyard chicken farmers, Jana Wilson and Tom Berich, for part one of our roundtable discussion where they answer your questions.

The second half of the program keeps the chicken theme going as Chef Daniel Orr throws together a stock using leftover chicken bones and some veggie scraps.

Bethia Woolf of Columbus Food Adventures introduces us to a vendor who’s dedicated to providing fresh, local chickens to Columbus, Ohio customers.

And before that, Camille Phillips of Harvest Public Media describes how the Midwest is trying to tap into the “agritourism” market.

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veggie scraps for chicken stock

Stocks are the building blocks of cuisine. Use your leftover chicken bones and veggie scraps to make a tasty chicken stock for soups, stews and sauces.

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Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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