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Lakewood, Colorado officials seek input on urban agriculture zoning rules

Illustration by Caroline Hadilaksono.

90 percent of comments had to do with food-producing animals

By Emilie Rusch
Denver Post


The city of Lakewood could enact its long-awaited new zoning regulations by the end of the year.

But first, city officials are seeking more public input on the most controversial proposal: allowing chickens, goats and beekeeping on smaller residential lots.

Travis Parker, the city’s planning director, told the Lakewood City Council and planning commission at a study session Aug. 20 that their hope is to find compromises that could make the change more palatable to everyone.

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Detroit’s Good Food Cure

Photo by Michael Hanson.

What happens when the Motor City transforms itself into the capital of grow-your-own food?

By Larry Gabriel
Yes Magazine
Sep 06, 2012


Nowhere in the United States has urban agriculture taken root as prolifically as in Detroit. Earthworks Urban Farm, Feedom Freedom Growers, GenesisHOPE, Georgia Street Collective, and other community gardens have stepped up to help create a healthier and more self-empowered food system. The Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women runs a small farm on the school’s grounds to teach students about nutrition and self-sufficiency. This gardening renaissance has been growing for over two decades since the Gardening Angels, a group of southern-born African-Americans, began growing food and passing their agricultural knowledge on to another generation.

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