Egg Co-ops Take Community Gardens to a Whole New Level

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photo: Sara Novak

Yesterday's piece on salmonella shown a pretty negative shadow on our nation's egg producing industry. The recent salmonella outbreak is a clear example of the downfalls of an out of control globalized food system. But the picture isn't all grim. As a farm-to-fork trend further gains momentum across the nation, there's certainly a light at the end of the tunnel. And egg co-ops are just another example of what happens when the community comes together in the name of food.The egg co-op shown on a recent episode of Cooking Up a Story, shows us what happens when a community comes together in the name of good eggs. Don't have the time to take care of your own backyard birds? Start an egg co-op like this one at Zenger Farm in Portland, Oregon. Members of Zenger's CSA wanted fresh eggs to go along with their farm share so they put up flyers at local coffee shops to find people interested in helping raise the chickens that would then be housed at the farm.

The Eastside Egg Cooperative, as it's called, is the perfect compromise for those that want fresh eggs and want a relationship with the chickens that produce them, but don't have time to be the full time caretaker. "It's like a community garden, except for instead of everyone having their own plot, we all share a project," says member Patrick Barber.
Members commit to one shift per week.

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