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Uncle Sam Expects You To Keep Hens and Raise Chickens

A word from Uncle Sam about backyard chickens, circa 1918, courtesy of BackYardChickens.com

Uncle Sam Expects You To Keep Hens and Raise Chickens

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"This gardener's not contrary"
by Liz Brensinger, Pocono Record Reporter (July 19, 1980)

No past experience, love of manual labor or fetish for crispy greens salads was responsible for the voice that spoke to me one quiet night. It commanded,"Plant a garden." I had not the will to resist.

For days (weeks, perhaps - once I had given my heart to the idea of a garden, time passed in a blur) I talked up my plans to others. Their responses varied - from the moderately disinterested ("Oh"), to the openly skeptical ("But whatever for?"), to the enthusiastic ("Oh! Are you growing rutabagas? I LOVE fresh rutabagas.")...

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