Gretchen Anderson: Publicist, chicken advocate
Who would think raising chickens would make you an outlaw? Gretchen grew up with chickens in a Utah subarb, offering a welcome diversion to life in the boonies. Fast-forward 40 years and she’s taking on local ordinances that restrict the rights of property owners to keep chickens on the premises. A publicist and columnist for the Idaho Independent newspaper, she moonlights as a chicken champion. She calls them pets with benefits, ideal for improving food security in a post-recession world. The book, “The Backyard Chicken Fight,” shares her experiences as a chicken whisperer, dealing with “the man” and grassroots efforts across the country to reform outmoded zoning laws.