Feeding Our People from the Labour of Our Hands
The Cross Lake Chicken Club is a project of Food Matters Manitoba that enabled seven families in Cross Lake, Manitoba to raise chickens in the summer of 2012. While none of the participants had raised chickens before, most were thrilled with the experience of chicken raising and described many benefits from food to exercise to social connections. As a result of this success, most families intend on raising chickens again in 2013 and several new families in Cross Lake are now interested in raising their own chickens.
Northern poultry and livestock projects have been started across northern Manitoba to build food skills and self-sufficiency and in response to high food prices. Indeed, the inspiration for the Cross Lake Chicken Club came after one community resident heard about chickens being raised in the Island Lakes communities at a recent Food Matters Manitoba conference and then found interested chicken raisers within the
community. This was the first poultry project directly facilitated by Food Matters Manitoba.