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Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular in Metro Vancouver, BC

chik2 Click here to watch the video. Jaydeen Williams keeps chickens — Hennifer Grey (Blue Orpington) and Lambchop (Wheaton Ameracana) — in her backyard in East Vancouver. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG

When Vancouver city councillors OK’d backyard chickens in 2010, just 13 people stepped forward to register hens. At least 220 other residents have since taken up the hobby, and with new registrations coming in at a record-breaking pace.

By Matthew Robinson
Vancouver Sun
March 6, 2016

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Many jurisdictions around the province allow backyard chickens, including the City of North Vancouver, New Westminster, Squamish, Victoria and a handful of other Vancouver Island municipalities.

Their ranks could soon swell with West Vancouver councillors scheduled to hear residents’ thoughts Monday on a policy that would permit up to six chickens per lot in the district. Surrey councillors are slated to debate their own policy this spring.

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Groundfridge – the ultimate root cellar

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The company claims the storage capacity is comparable to that of 20 standard refrigerators, meaning it can hold up to 500 kilograms of food.

Designed by Floris Schoonderbeek
Award winner 2015
(Must see. Mike)

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Before fridges and electricity existed, digging a hole in the ground was just one of the many ways people went about preserving their perishables. Despite taking its cues from this old method, the Ground Fridge still feels like a fresh idea.

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Community farms spring up in Baltimore’s empty lots

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Whitelock Farm in West Baltimore (Courtesy/Jacqueline Schlossman)

For Kelly, who established Charm City Farms in 2012, sustainable farming, community building, and empowering citizens go hand in hand.

By Rebekah Kirkman
City Paper
Mar 1, 2016

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Kelly is part of a growing urban farming movement seen in the dozens of small farms popping up in neighborhoods all over the city. The methods and production vary, but for many urban farmers, sustainability and maximizing growth despite their small size are key. Many of the growers sell their produce through Community Supported Agriculture collectives and at local market stands, but many of them also focus on building community by offering workshops, cooking classes, and after-school programs.

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