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WOONSOCKET â€“ In a city where the median household income lags far behind the rest of the state, Armand Tetreault thought his family had discovered a tasty, healthy way to ease the squeeze on its food budget when his son began raising chickens.
But the money the Diamond Hill Road family saved on eggs wasnâ€™t the only thing that pleased Tetreault. He was proud of the way Jacques, 17, threw himself into his new hobby. He did copious amounts of research, built a cozy coop in their spacious backyard overlooking the Peters River, and showed friends how to build outdoor â€śrunsâ€ť for their chickens, too.
â€śThis is a good wholesome thing for a kid to do,â€ť says Tetreault.
Itâ€™s also illegal, according to city officials.
In the last few years, food has undergone a revolution in America, and the Ocean State hasnâ€™t been exempt. For a variety of health-related, environmental and economic reasons, people are more interested than ever in consuming meat, poultry products and produce thatâ€™s grown on local farms, community gardens and in their own backyards.
Read more in our print edition.