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Learn How to Raise Your Own Chickens

A new urban farming conference will explore backyard farming.

Ever considered raising chickens in your backyard or growing your own food?

A new urban farming conference will share everything from backyard farming to raising crops for local markets.

The one-day event is Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Pinellas County Extension at 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, according to a media release.

The cost is $7.50 for the morning or afternoon session, $12 for the full day. Register by phone at (727) 582-2100, option 2 or online. Space is limited.

The morning session covers: backyard chickens, hydro-phonic vegetable gardens and cost-saving pest control. The afternoon session focuses on commercial urban farming with business plans, agricultural practices, marketing and industry regulations, according to a media release.

Backyard chickens are allowed in Largo, Dunedin, Gulfport, St. Petersburg, Belleair and unincorporated Pinellas. Check with your community for specific details.

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