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In Woonsocket, chickens still run 'a-fowl' of the law

July 31, 2012

(photo/Ernest A. Brown)

WOONSOCKET – 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 wasn’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 “runs” for their chickens, too.
“This is a good wholesome thing for a kid to do,” says Tetreault.
It’s also illegal, according to city officials.
In the last few years, food has undergone a revolution in America, and the Ocean State hasn’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 that’s grown on local farms, community gardens and in their own backyards.

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