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Mayor willing to listen to residents about allowing chickens in Kitchener, Ontario

chickheiHeidi Wall ran a-fowl of Kitchener bylaws with her backyard coop at her home on Pine Street, where she had four hens. The city is now looking at changing its regulations. Photo by Peter Lee.

Some Ontario municipalities, including Guelph, Niagara Falls and Kingston, welcome chickens.

By Editorial
Waterloo Region Record
July 25, 2015

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A small yet highly committed and possibly growing cadre of urbanites in this region believes chickens belong in city backyards as much as country farmyards. Some have stocked coops with egg-laying hens. Others are pressuring local city governments, which generally frown on the practice, to write new and accommodating bylaws.

Are we ready for this? This week, Kitchener announced it would temporarily stop enforcing its ban on backyard chickens as Mayor Berry Vrbanovic voiced a willingness to hear what citizens want. This came after a resident, under threat of a $5,000 fine, had to surrender her four hens and as nearly 1,000 people signed a petition demanding the legalization of urban chicken farming.

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Atlanta homeless shelter producing pounds of veggies on rooftop garden

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Residents grow much of their own food in the organic rooftop garden at Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. Click on image for larger file.

It is a homeless community on the cutting edge of the green revolution and organic urban farming.

By Gloria Tatum
Bayview
July 25, 2015

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The rooftop garden is at its capacity with eighty raised vegetable beds, but plans are underway to refurbish the roof on the older building next to the garden. “We will double the size of our garden once we get that roof finished,” Carl Hartrampf, a board member and the rooftop garden coordinator, told APN.

Some of the vegetable beds are harvested every 30 to 60 days, and then they are immediately replanted. When it doesn’t rain, two 500 gallon tanks, filled with rainwater, pump water to the garden.

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More city dwellers are embracing ‘hobby farms’

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Dominique Salamone and daughter Glory feed chickens in their backyard. The former sheet-metal factory forewoman started keeping livestock in 2010 and says her hobby farm accords peace, purpose and a more healthful alternative to red-meat dishes. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

‘It’s like we live in the country’

By Michelle Hofmann
LA Times
July 24, 2015

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In addition to chickens, today’s urban barnyards include goats, turkeys, potbellied pigs, cows and bees. And what distinguishes a so-called hobby farm from other animal-related enterprises? For IRS purposes, a hobby farm is a homestead run primarily for pleasure, not profit.

“The dividing line is when you start selling the products,” said Rachel A. Surls, sustainable food systems advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County. “Once you start selling the produce, you are a farm and bound by a lot of rules and regulations.”

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