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Backyard Homesteading – A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency

By David Toht
Creative Homeowner
December 5, 2011

David Toht has more than 60 how-to books to this credit. He considers harvesting a sun-warmed tomato from his own garden one of life’s sweetest pleasures. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Olympia, Washington.

From the author David Toht:

We once had a flock of brown-egg chickens. We called them our “illicit biddies” because they weren’t strictly legal in town. My wife and kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, relishing the fresh eggs and delighting in the antics of the hens. They were great fun to work with, grateful for weeds and vegetable scraps, donating manure for the compost pile, meticulously scratching up insects and grubs.

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City Manager promotes “Recovery Gardens”


Part of map of Aurora, Missouri, 1891.

City manager in Aurora, Missouri explains urban agriculture as part of American history

By Tony Stonecypher, City Manager
Aurora Advertiser
Dec 05, 2011

Excerpts:

Aurora, Mo. —
Aurora is working to find a way for agriculture and urban living to be compatible again. When our zoning laws were written and the zones and their assigned uses were developed, it was decided that agricultural activities had no place in the urban area and they were banned entirely. If one looks at the way normal rural farms conduct their business, it is clear why this assumption was made. Consolidated feedlots and large machinery have no place in a congested city street, but is that really all that agriculture means?

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Chicago’s DePaul University is excited about urban agriculture


Digging In – urban agriculture grows vegetables – and community

By Kris Gallagher
DePaul Magazine
Getting Green
Winter 2012

Founded in 1898, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the nation and the largest private institution in Chicago, serving over 25000 students.

Excerpt:

DePaul is ideally positioned to lead such an initiative, Rosing says, based on a survey his students conducted on how North American universities support urban agriculture. DePaul already offers nearly all the necessary core disciplines. He ticks them off:

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Sioux Falls zoning enforcement manager talks about urban agriculture


25 minute video discussion here.

Inside Town Hall – City of Sioux Falls – December 2011

Shawna Goldammer – Zoning Enforcement Manager
Rex Rolfing – City Councilor
Wyatt Urlacher – Urban Farmer

Chickens and turkeys in the backyard… Councilor Rex Rolfing takes on the topic of urban agriculture and what it means here in Sioux Falls.

Link here.

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