chickens in the yard

4/5/2022: Learn how to keep a beautiful flock like this one!


ZOOM CLASS: Keeping Backyard Chickens

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Intended for individuals who want to keep a few chickens in the backyard for home egg production, this class will be taught by experienced Ithaca backyard flock keeper and CCE Tompkins Horticulture Program Leader Mila Fournier who will provide practical advice on successful and satisfying chicken raising. The City of Ithaca and the Villages of Dryden and Trumansburg allow residents to keep a small number of chickens in the back yard (check the specific municipal ordinances for any restrictions). Residents who wish to keep chickens will need a permit and also evidence that you have attended a class on raising chickens. This class offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County will meet that requirement. Attendees will receive a letter to take to their municipality.

About the instructor: Mila Fournier is a garden designer and educator with two decades of design experience that started with guerilla gardening in Brooklyn and has moved her through designing some of the most sophisticated gardens in NYC. Once in Ithaca, Mila has worked as an educator, designer, and horticultural consultant, including managing Ithaca Children's Garden and helping large developers create beautiful landscapes and habitats to offset new construction.

Class Recording: All classes are recorded so if you cannot make the live class, you can watch the video however only participants who have registered in advance for the class will have access to the video recording which is sent 48 hours later to registrants. Register and pay below.

Our goal is to help our areas gardeners have access to this knowledge, free from financial barriers. We have several scholarship spots in each class. If you would like a scholarship spot, please reach out to Maria Christian at

CCE Tompkins is offering this class in cooperation with CCE Madison County.


Self-Determined Sliding Scale ($0-$40/household)



Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130


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Last updated April 1, 2022