Los Angeles Times
by Michelle Hofmann
About an hour before the start of a spring storm, Dominique Salamone surveyed her three-quarter-acre Northridge yard and commenced an impromptu master class in suburban chicken raising.
“You have to be committed,” she said. “Raising livestock takes time and knowledge. And it helps to have a handy spouse.”
The former sheet-metal factory forewoman apologized for the overgrown vegetable garden as 12 hens and a small but feisty new rooster named Rudy moved freely around us.
Just blocks away, commuters were already getting caught in the beat-the-rain gridlock, but Salamone, who started keeping livestock in 2010, never abandoned the mantle of earth-mother-at-peace. Her hobby farm, she said, gives her a sense of purpose — and offers a more healthful alternative to red-meat dishes. Read Full Article »