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Arizona Senate Bill would exempt refugees and others with community gardens from strict health rules

SB 1004 passed in the Senate on Feb. 22 and is now pending in the House of Representatives Agriculture, Water and Lands committee.

By Josh Burton
Cronkite News
Mar 4, 2016

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A community garden where refugees such as Bhutanese-American Punya Koirala grow the vegetables of their homelands may soon be able to sell produce to grade schools and universities under a recently introduced bill.

Koirala and his parents have been growing spinach and other produce in the Cross-Connection Community Garden, which is part of the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program. Not too long ago, this refugee who once farmed within sight of Mount Everest thought his vegetarian family would have to live without fresh produce in their Arizona home.

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Neighbours won’t get to henpeck Edmonton, Alberta chicken owners after all

edchickMargaret Fisher holding one of her Orpington hens. By Ed Kaiser

Hen owners planning a coop d’état can stand down.

By Elise Stolte
Edmonton Journal
March 4, 2016

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Edmonton’s new urban agriculture zones have had a few people scratching their heads recently, but if city staff have their way, the new rules for hen owners will require a development permit, but won’t allow neighbours to appeal the permit to the subdivision and development appeal board.

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