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Frown on the farm: meet five residents of Stepney City Farm London

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Gargle the goat.

Facing a lack of cash, Stepney City Farm has launched a crowd-funding campaign to try to stay open to the public.

Now Here This – London
January 14, 2014

Gargle the goat: ‘Gargle’s such a poser. He’s always hopping on to a log and posturing for visitors’ cameras. Makes him really, really popular. He’s stinky, though. He smells of goat’s cheese, but that’s just his lovely goaty hormones: they help him attract the ladies. During breeding season, you can smell it a couple of streets away. He looks like Rhys Ifans, you say? Yeah, he does a bit.’

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January 22, 2014   Comments Off on Frown on the farm: meet five residents of Stepney City Farm London

Transplant’s dream of urban farming imperilled by zoning, rising land prices in New Orleans

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A Gert Town garden is one of many that have sprouted under the banner of Parkway Partners. Photo by Spencer Thayer.

For instance, under the new rules it would be illegal to own more than six chickens per residential lot.

By Tegan Jones
The Lens – New Orleans
January 8, 2014

Excerpt:

But even as it seems that New Orleans is poised to become an urban farming hotspot, new zoning regulations have taken aim at residential gardeners’ rights. The new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) currently under review would make it costly or illegal to use a neighborhood’s natural resources to improve its economic position.

For instance, under the new CZO it would be illegal to own more than six chickens per residential lot. While this may seem reasonable for a homeowner with a coop in the backyard, the rules make less sense when applied to a lot that has become a communal farming space. The new regulations would also make it harder to sell eggs and produce harvested on residential land.

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January 22, 2014   Comments Off on Transplant’s dream of urban farming imperilled by zoning, rising land prices in New Orleans