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Canada: Quails – Big hopes for a small bird

Ben Glassen with one of the quail chicks he’s raising in an aquarium in his Port Moody home. He says the little birds have great potential for sustainable small-scale cooperative backyard urban farming to provide eggs and protein. Photograph By Mario Bartel/The Tri-City News

Glassen said the quail’s small size, quiet demeanour, low-cost care and maintenance, and short lifespan make them ideal for small-scale urban farming, avoiding many of the problems that can come with backyard chicken coops.

By Mario Bartel
Tri-City News
February 6, 2018


The Port Moody resident envisions friends and neighbours in his historic Moody Centre neighbourhood turning over a small part of their backyards to raise the tiny birds for their eggs and meat.

Here’s his plan: Glassen would move his small, portable coops around the yards every day, and from yard to yard every week or so, caring for the birds himself by providing them with food and water. The homeowners would benefit from the natural pest control as the quail hunt and peck for grubs and insects while fertilizing the grass with their droppings, and they would have ready access to a supply of eggs as well as, when the males mature after two months, meat.

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Canada: The Hayes Urban Teaching Farm project is planning to use the Hayes farm to teach new farmers

Claire May, the outreach co-ordinator for the Hayes Urban Teaching Farm project, is one of several people working to get the farm ready for the summer. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

“There’s so much potential for New Brunswick to be more self-sufficient in its food stuffs,” said Robertson.

By Shane Fowler
CBC News
Feb 06, 2018


A nearly 200-year-old dormant farm in Fredericton will be brought back to life this summer as a training ground for future farmers.

The historic Hayes farm in the community of Devon will be the site of the Hayes Urban Teaching Farm, a project dedicated to teaching new farmers how to make a living off small harvests.

“Essentially the goal is to create a full-season, full-time farmer training program,” said Claire May, the outreach coordinator for the project.

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