Preview for the movie we are screening on Friday night at 7pm
Also with music by Beloved Binge from Durham, NC!
Bring cash for donations if you can
2005 Barton Avenue
All ages, sober
The City of Richmond has just passed new regulations/ordinances making it officially permissable to have up to 4 hens on a residential property. IF you get a permit, which costs 60 dollars every year.
For comparison, a yearly license for a dog is 10 dollars every year. So it costs 15 dollars per chicken (if you get the maximum of 4, more per chicken if you get fewer: $20 each for 3, $30 each for 2, and $60 each for 1). How does that even make sense?
Not to mention that it would seem that the idea of having chickens is about food access and local food and social justice. But if you have to pay an arbitrary 60 dollar permit fee to the City just to have only 4 hens, it is going to be hard for folks to even break even on having hens once food and coop costs are calculated in. For instance, an average cost for a dozen eggs according to the bureau of labor statistics, is $1.93. So a $1.93 divided by 12 is roughly 16 cents per egg. $60 dollars (the permit cost) divided by 16 cents is 375. For the cost of a yearly chicken permit one could store buy 375 eggs, basically an egg a day. So you’d have to have an output of 375 eggs from your 4 hens each year to make chickens cost efficient in Richmond given the current permit and regulations. Then factor in the cost of time/materials for a coop, and the feed, and you’ve really got something unaffordable.
This seems like the new chicken rules are just some greenwashing yuppie victory than one which will largely help folks who need access to affordable, local, fresh food.
Many people who wanted to have chickens before these regulations were passed, simply did have chickens. Now it is likely or at least possible that there will be more enforcement against people without a permit. The current state of the chicken regulations in Richmond is great for hobbyists and folks for whom having your own chickens is suddenly trendy. Basically, for anyone whom can afford to take a loss on the fun of having chicken pets.
This seems to complicate matters for folks trying to get affordable, local food- especially folks living in food deserts etc. The fee is too high, and the folks who might most benefit from being allowed to have chickens are having that benefit taken away through the permit fees.
The new regulations require a minimum of 3 square feet per hen. For animal cruelty prevention reasons, this makes sense. Maybe the City of Richmond should also require that any and all eggs or products containing eggs that are sold in the City of Richmond are laid by hens who have at least 3 square feet of space in their coops.
You can read the regulations for yourself below.
Here are links to info from Richmond Animal Control on the issue.
(We know that there are plenty of nice, well meaning people in Richmond who are genuinely excited about now being able to have chickens as pets and/or for the benefit of eggs. To you we say, don’t settle for this. Don’t settle for a 15 dollar a hen fee. If you can afford it, doesn’t mean you should have to. Don’t let the passing of this regulation be the end of your participation in the fight for food access, food justice, and local food in Richmond)
A documentary recently completed by Baldeep on Richmond Food Not Bombs.
Please watch and share!
We are always looking for more organizers, more political events, more donations, more fundraisers, etc.
Richmond Food Not Bombs will be holding a monthly organizational meeting on Sunday Dec. 2nd at 1pm.
Please come out if you are/want to be invilved with Richmond Food Not Bombs!
Potential Agenda Items include:
The meetings are held at the cooking space, at 2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222
RVA Food Not Bombs October 2012 Can Drive
Food Not Bombs is calling for canned vegan vegetables to replenish their pantry. The drive lasts from today until Halloween.
There are three dropoff locations for canned goods, for now:
1. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective, at 2005 Barton Avenue. Leave the cans in the provided container on the stairs. This location is not wheelchair/mobility accessible.
2. Crenshaw House, at 919 West Franklin Street. There is a box immediately inside the door, clearly marked with a bright gold poster with an arrow. This location is also not wheelchair/mobility accessible. (The GSEX team, who helped get this lined up, has a Tumblr here.)
3. The VCU Office of Multiculturalism and Student Affairs, on the second floor of the Monroe Park VCU Student Commons. The box is bright red and marked with a poster, and immediately inside the office. The office itself is also marked with a bright gold poster, designating the spot a dropoff location. This location IS wheelchair/mobility accessible, by elevator.
If you know of another place that might be open to hosting a donation box, please message this Tumblr- especially if the location is further from VCU campus, and/or accessible.
Some good canned items to donate are: black, kidney, white, and pinto beans, tomatoes, peaches, corn, and tomato sauce. Every meal is vegan, so please check labels (especially for seasoned beans) to make sure there’s no meat, dairy, or egg products in the cans.
While Food Not Bombs prepares the bulk of each meal from fresh foods that grocery stores would otherwise throw away, sometimes non-perishable items are needed to augment the meal- and sometimes, a pickup is small or doesn’t come through. Food Not Bombs can also be called upon to cater for events; for example, FNB has catered the Virginia People’s Assembly, rePHRAME meetings, and IWW events.
Food Not Bombs cooks every Sunday at 12:30pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective (2005 Barton Avenue), and eats at 4:00pm in Monroe Park, at the intersection of Main and Belvidere streets. Everyone is welcome for either or both.
There will be a zine reading and potluck event on Friday October 5th for the Richmond Zine Fest.
Sober, all ages event.
Starts at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue
It’s a pizza potluck! We will provide the dough, you bring a sauce or topping!
Vegan/vegetarian/dairy/meat all acceptable for toppings and sauces.
If you are interested in reading from your zine please email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up with your zine!
The next day Oct. 6 is the Richmond Zine Fest at 1407 Sherwood Avenue / the Gay Community Center of Richmond. From 11am to 6pm! Free to the public!