The Urban Farm tour this Saturday has raised questions in Carrboro. As correspondent Rebekah Cowell reported in Wednesday's Chapel Hill News, organizers plan to slaughter three or four chickens at one of the 15 sites on the tour and then serve the chicken in a community "stone soup" at the end of the event.
Alderwoman Joal Hall Broun wants to know if the county has any rules for how the chickens may be killed and whether any special rules apply to serving the chickens to non-relatives. Town Attorney Mike Brough has recommended the town contact the Orange County Health Department and find out. "If they have a concern, they can deal with it," he wrote in an e-mail.
Hall Broun said she thinks the town also has a role to play.
"If they are having a publicly announced chicken kill and they are going to advertise to using those chickens in a public event; then I want to insure that whatever public health regulations, there may be, if they exist, be complied with," Hall Broun wrote in an e-mail to the town. "I buy my chickens at Weaver Street and Whole Foods, so I know where my chickens are coming from. Additionally, while I ate my grandmother's dead chickens, I knew her to be a person who believed cleaniness was next to Godliness."