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Chicken Poop for the Soul: A Year in Search of Food Sovereignty [Paperback]

Kristeva Dowling
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April 30 2011
Food sovereignty goes beyond addressing the need to secure a daily food source. Food sovereignty means having the right to determine where your food comes from and how it is produced. In 2008, alarmed by the impact agro-business was having on Canadian food quality and security, Kristeva Dowling decided to take control of her own food source. In an attempt to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency on her small holding in BC's Bella Coola Valley, she ploughed under her land, converted her garage to an intensive care unit for chickens and learned to hunt, fish, gather and preserve her own food.

In the tradition of the "back-to-the-landers" of the '60s, Dowling sheds the habits of her urban life and, with no agricultural background, begins an emotional and political journey towards independence.

Dowling's story is a witty, humorous and often bizarre journey of trial and error. Between rendering maple syrup, mothering baby chicks, canning hundreds of pounds of preserves, tracking wild game and growing her own wheat, Dowling finds time to reflect on her new-found tangible skills, her intangible problems and the politics and legislative barriers that face BC's small farming community.

Chicken Poop for the Soul is about a common dream: to leave the city and return to a simpler life. It is a story of success, failure and determination, which is guaranteed to make you laugh, shake your head in disbelief and get damned angry.

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Kristeva Dowling was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and attained her master's degree in Social Anthropology in New Zealand. In 2003, she returned to Canada and bought a small acreage in the Bella Coola Valley. Determined to grow her own food, she turned her attention to sustainable farming, started a blog on homesteading and began to write about self-sufficiency. She has been a contributor to "Not Dabbling in Normal," the Coast Mountain News and the Williams Lake Tribune. She has also been published in Small Farm Canada, and has an upcoming article in Outdoor Edge Magazine about moose hunting. Kristeva is now living in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable Dec 13 2011
By Sunkist
Format:Paperback
I am still only 1/4 of the way through, but I am enjoying it much more than any manual on hobby farming or raising chickens. Her ups and downs and learning as she goes has been extremely informative. I have been wanting to start my own hobby farm for a while, and as soon as I saw this on the bookshelf, I grabbed it!

You'll go through a myriad of emotions reading this. Laughing at the problems that pop up while farming, and anger or frustration at the regulations she had to face, and the direction she took the farm because of the Canadian / BC laws.

Highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and informative! Nov. 1 2011
By Amanda Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. The passion and struggles of living " off the land" . Its funny, sad at times and full of valuable information. The recipes were an added bonus! Highly recommended,
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