Tuesday, Aug 21, 7-8:30 PM

Backyard Chicken and Eggs

Linda Vinsanau, president of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans, will present �Backyard Chickens and Eggs� at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway. This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration. Vinsanau says that whether you have rural acreage, a suburban backyard or an urban lot, you may be able to raise chickens. Keeping a few hens in the backyard will provide fresh eggs that are significantly more nutritious than what is available at the supermarket. Free-range eggs have less cholesterol and saturated fat, and more vitamin E, beta carotene vitamin A and omega-3s than the eggs one would normally buy. Plus, the birds can be raised humanely and provide hours of entertainment. During this presentation, Vinsanau will discuss the following.� How to pick a breed.� Setting up housing.� Local ordinances.� Deciding on feed and how much range. Linda Vinsanau was born in New Orleans and raised on a farm in rural St. James Parish. She earned a bachelor degree in business administration from Louisiana State University. She was a founder and principle owner in a document management computer company from 1992 to 2008. She now spends most of her time doing volunteer work. After Hurricane Katrina, she earned her certification as a Louisiana Master Gardener. Most of the varieties of annuals, perennials and shrubs she grows in her garden and greenhouse are those that grew in her grandmothers� gardens. She loves growing vegetables and annuals from seed. Her special interest is native plants. She continue to replace the amaryllis and orchid collections she lost in 2005. For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.