Boy, I said boy, it's an essay contest. But it's on Twitter, so naturally, it's a Twessay contest. And the subject is urban chickens.
Legislation recently introduced in Metro Council would tighten restrictions on chickens and other livestock in Nashville. Chicken opponents say the fowl stink, attract prey and will wake the neighborhood when the sun rises. Chicken advocates say the birds can provide an important resource for a local food system and believe that reasonable guidelines could mitigate the concerns associated with chickens in the urban district.
What do you think?
Submit your 140-character argument before Wednesday, July 23 at 5 p.m. Entries can be tweeted to @FoodPartners. For non-Twitterers, FSP will accept submissions on this event's Facebook wall or at NashvilleUrbanChickens (at) gmail (dot) com (Facebook and email entries will be limited to 125 characters to account for the lack of @FoodPartners required for Twitter entries.) Enter as many times as you like.
Prizes will be awarded for the best entries, including two movie passes to the Belcourt Theatre, free dessert from tayst restaurant, $50 gift certificate and free Personal Farmer site evaluation from Gardens of Babylon.
A couple of submissions, so far:
If it's best 2 eat local, hens out back don't make me a yokel. A fresh egg, a quiet cluck--urban chickens, I shd have such luck
For feathered friendship or fried food, fowl fulfill fifty functions for felicity and fitness. Without 'em, the yoke's on us!