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St. Petersburg, Florida couple fight to keep their mini goat and sheep

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Fiore plans to go to a council committee meeting next month that will include a discussion about urban farming.

By Kameel Stanley
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 27, 2013

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Winston Fiore and his girlfriend, Rachel Auer, haven’t mowed their lawn in months.

That’s a job for Shelby and Gabby.

Shelby, a miniature Shetland sheep, and Gabby, a Nigerian dwarf goat, love munching on grass. Their owners love not having to use a machine to manicure their lot. The neighbors — especially the neighborhood kids — are equally enamored of the miniature breeds.

The city codes department? Not so much.

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Urban farmers grow in small space in Victoria, BC

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Mason Street Farm partners Jesse Brown, left, and Angela Moran (with her four-year-old daughter, Ruby) inside the farm’s new aquaponics greenhouse. Moran and Brown hope to raise at least $10,000 for a new solar panel system and intern training program through a fundraising dinner.

“A massive amount of food can be grown in a small space, and that’s what people want.”

By Daniel Palmer
Victoria News
October 28, 2013

Excerpt:

Above the fish are long troughs filled with porous pumice stones, while sprouting green leaves and vines push their way up towards the greenhouse’s opaque roof.

The process is a closed-loop water system that allows farmers to grow plants and vegetables without soil and recycles more than 90 per cent of the collected rainwater. Fish excrement provides necessary nutrients to the plants, and the resulting plant run-off is then pumped back into the water tank carrying bacterial nutrients for the fish.

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