Em has written a great article published on myNC.com to help folks in Wake Forest, NC (pop ~23,000, see larger map) learn the benefits of keeping urban chickens and how they can help her petition to ease the rules around keeping chickens in city limits.
The benefits she outlines are ones we urban chicken farmers already know well and are applicable to any municipality: eggs, fertilizer, companionship.
I think Em's created a great template for anyone to send in to their local paper to help get the word out to folks that urban chickens aren't miniaturized versions of the dirty/smelly/messy Big Ag operations where hundreds of thousands of chickens are kept under one big roof (usually upwind from wherever you've noticed them).
If you'd like to help Em and other potential and existing Wake Forest urban chicken farmers out, please sign their petition!
Great job, Em, keep us posted on your progress!