The Egg Map: How to Accelerate Local Food Abundance
Making maps like this may be something you want to do for your community.
By John Robb
July 13, 2012
Here’s something I found incredibly useful as a way to improve a community’s resilience: an Egg Map.
Take a look at this map of egg producers, from the innovators at Incredible Edible Todmorden UK.
Every point on the map is a home, farm or business that has a chicken coop. Many of them got started with chicken keeping through the Todmorden “Every Egg Matters” campaign.
Given how productive chickens can be, it’s not that hard to overproduce. So, a good portion of these locations produce MORE eggs than they need.
Further, the campaign increased the awareness of people in the town to the benefits of fresh, locally produced eggs — from the radically better taste, particularly if eaten within 48 hours of being laid, to the claim (mostly unproven, although I suspect it is highly dependent on the type of chicken and what you feed them) that they are much better for you than the factory fresh eggs bought in a store.
Most of the locations on the map include details about how many eggs they have available for sale and contact info (phone/text) for how to reach them.