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Twins who keep urban chickens score wins at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Matthew Patel, left, holds a Light Sussex, and twin brother Andrew holds a Red Dorking in the backyard of their Leaside home. They got into the backyard chicken business a few years back — and this year they exhibited 17 chickens at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair — scoring a number of wins. Photo by David Cooper.

Andrew and Matthew Patel have an unusual hobby – they are backyard chicken farmers

By: Vanessa Lu Business
Vancouver Sun
Nov 15 2014


“It was the most amazing thing ever,” said Andrew, who has become an advocate for the underground chicken farming movement. “We didn’t expect to win anything,” added Matthew, in a fast-paced interview where the twins finish each other’s sentences.

They had been to the fair for the last few years, fascinated by the poultry competition, but decided this year was their last chance because they are planning to head off to university next fall.

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November 22, 2014   No Comments

Backyard farming interest grows in Sparks, Nevada


Sparks council will examine issue during city code overhaul next year

By Jen Simmons
Sparks Tribune
Nov 7, 2014


“Would you want to live next to a neighbor who is raising chickens?” Mayberry asked. “That’s the question for many residents. I suspect the feathers, the noise, the discharge from chickens is not real sanitary. It’s the city’s job to do what it can to protect the integrity of the neighborhood and eliminate the nuisance. But if residents want to raise chickens, depending on where they live, they are free to contact their council member or the mayor.”

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November 18, 2014   No Comments

Uganda: Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) boosts city farmers

A farmer from Mutungo II parish, Nakkazi Hafiwa (left) receive chicks from the Chairperson of Nakawa Division Benjamin Kalumba (right). Looking on are two area LC5 councilors Emiri Babirye and Adam Kibuka. Photo/Ronnie Kijjambu.

A total of 614 farmers in Makindye and Nakawa division have been supported with 50,000 Chicks and start up feeds to boost their household incomes.

By Juliet Waiswa
New Vision
Nov 3, 2014


Launching the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Programme first batch of birds in Kampala, Musisi told the Farmer Forum Groups that she will endeavor to request government to increase NAADS funding to urban farmers saying that the programmes have registered success.

This is the first group of farmers to benefit in this first quarter as farmers in Kampala.

Over 1,188 farmers in Kampala will benefitted from NAADS in this first quarter.

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November 11, 2014   No Comments

Detroit couple’s farm animals seized

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The couple and police have conflicting stories. But one thing is clear: it’s against the law to have chickens and goats at a home in Detroit.

Distraught Owner Of Goats, Chickens: ‘Detroit Police Pleaded With Animal Control, Ordered To Seize Family Pets’

Oct 23, 2014


Wednesday morning, officers from the City of Detroit seized goats and chickens from a couple’s home on Detroit’s west side. The couple purchased their home in a Detroit neighborhood near Brightmoor for only $2,000 in May. The home is located across the street from a 14,000-acre park by the Rouge River. The low price is common for properties in the area because it is now so neglected that some of it is returning back to nature. David and Sky Brown said that they have no neighbors living nearby.

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October 24, 2014   Comments Off

Urban agriculture grows in Charleston, West Virginia backyards

Sarah Saville, who lives on Lewis Street on Charleston’s East End, keeps chickens in her backyard. Photo by Bob Wojcieszak/Daily Mail.

Saville is one of a growing number of residents taking advantage of the city’s urban agriculture ordinance which allows for the raising of poultry, as well as bees.

By Matt Murphy
Charleston Daily Mail
Oct 12, 2014


Charleston’s urban agriculture ordinance was likely the first in the state when it was passed in July 2013.

Among the highlights of the ordinance were gardens permitted in all zoning areas of the city, and that residents were allowed to keep hens and three beehives without city approval.

Charleston Neighborhood Planner Geoff Plagemann said almost immediately after the ordinance was passed, the planning department was flooded with calls of residents asking questions about the law — and how they could have their own chickens or bees.

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United Kingdom farm park attracts 100,000 visitors a year, with city dwellers learning about agriculture

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The thing about opening up your farm to the public, is that sometimes raising livestock isn’t as picture perfect as city dwellers think.

By Laura Poole
ABC Australia
Oct 3, 2014


Farmers know that sometimes new born lambs will die.

Despite the home truths, lambing time at Cotswold Farm Park in England, is one of its most popular times for visitors to come through the gates.

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October 11, 2014   Comments Off

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop spreads enthusiasm for urban chicken farming


Hundreds of bicyclists toured 29 mini-ranches showcasing black Australorps, silver-spangled Hamburgs, golden sex-link and other breeds, as well as gardens and beehives.

By Sharon Noguchi
San Jose Mercury


Vanderlip began the annual tour three years ago, patterning it after the Tour de Cluck in Davis. Coop tours have sprung up nationwide, as a way to inspire urban dwellers to take up chicken farming, and to promote healthy eating, sustainable farming and building community. “There’s not a better way to connect with your neighbors and community than coop tours,” Vanderlip said.

Indeed, many tourist-cyclists found inspiration in the gardens they visited.

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Grand Rapids women appeal city crackdown on backyard farm animals

A pig named “Lord Bacon Dispenser the Third Duke of Hamelot” inside the “urban farm” behind Claire McGinn and Kendra Ritter’s Grand Rapids home on Coit Ave NE. The couple was cited for an odor violation and will appeal to the city next week. They have 10 chickens, five ducks, two bunnies, one turkey and one pig. Photo by Cory Morse.

Meet Spencer the pig

By Matt Vande Bunte
September 05, 2014


McGinn got ticketed this summer for violating city property maintenance code that prohibits livestock within 100 feet of any dwelling. She was also cited for “strong animal waste odor from the chickens, ducks and rabbit defecating in the yard,” according to the report of a city inspector.

McGinn appealed to the city’s Housing Board of Appeals, which started hearing the case last month and will reconvene 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the city’s Development Center, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW.

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September 18, 2014   Comments Off

Recording artist ‘Kimbra’ wrote and recorded at an Los Angeles urban farm

Kimbra taking a selfie with Ramses, the leader of Goudsmit’s flock. Just after this pic, Ramses lost his temper and chased Kimbra around the property. Photo courtesy of Kimbra and Rosa Goudsmit.

Kimbra said in an interview on Consequence of Sound that after the 2013 Grammy Awards, she needed a place without “too much stimulus” to write her new album.

By Jared Sichel
Jewish Journal
Aug 21, 2014


Kimbra said in an interview on Consequence of Sound that after the 2013 Grammy Awards, she needed a place without “too much stimulus” to write her new album. In Goudsmit’s words, Kimbra needed the laid back environment to “stomach the idea of living in L.A.”

Next thing, Goudsmit had a rising pop star in her house, writing and recording songs for her newest album, feeding her chickens, meditating and doing yoga in the backyard, and occasionally getting locked out of the house at night when Goudsmit forgot that her young housemate, unlike her, stayed awake past nightfall.

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August 28, 2014   Comments Off

Mayor of Calgary warms to urban chicken project

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he supports a trial for backyard chickens in a limited number of Calgary households to see how urban chickens might fare legally in the city.

Hughes, leader of the Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub plans to take more councillors on his tour of Calgary’s illegal but responsible coops.

By Jason Markusoff
Calgary Herald
August 24, 2014


Fortunes have improved for Calgarians who want to be legal hen-raisers, four years after council voted 11-3 against permitting backyard coops.

Only four of those 2010 skeptics remain on council, and one of them — Coun. Ray Jones — wants to help lead the way on resurrecting plans for an urban chickens pilot project.

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August 25, 2014   Comments Off

Animal Landscapers

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A single cow can eat over 25 pounds of grass per day.

By Kate Folk
Move To Blog
July 25, 2012


The homesteading movement hearkens back to a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle that includes growing one’s own food, reusing greywater, and keeping livestock. Allowing animals to maintain the lawn makes a lot of sense. Instead of spending money on gas that pollutes the air and pesticides that poison the ground, homeowners can keep the grass trimmed while also feeding their animals.

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August 6, 2014   Comments Off

New York City Backyards Welcome Chickens and Bees

Photo by Ángel Franco/The New York Times. Link to slideshow.

Heard on the Street: E-I-E-I-O

By Ronda Kaysen
New York Times
July 25, 2014


There is no data tracking how many New Yorkers are tilling the earth — but it’s clear which way the wind is blowing. Last year, 5,000 New Yorkers attended educational workshops led by the New York City Compost Project, a program created in 1993. More than 250 honeybee hives are registered with the city, but beekeepers like Andrew Coté, the founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association, suspect the real number is higher. His association has 480 members, up from 25 in 2007.

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July 25, 2014   Comments Off

Challenges of the City Chicken in New York

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By Sofia Perpetua
New York Times
July 25th, 2014

Robert McMinn, an urban homesteader in New York City, worked to be sure his neighbors and landlords were happy with his chickens.


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Edmonton Urban farmer facing fine for backyard chickens


Kossowan doesn’t plan to fight the city about the complaint as he believes the bylaw will change eventually.

CBC News
Jul 21, 2014


“I apparently have three days to rectify the situation which I find a bit unusually short … or they will issue me a $500 fine for having hens in my backyard,” Kossowan told the CBC’s Tim Adams Monday.

City council will consider making changes this summer to the bylaw to allow people to keep backyard chickens. However, animal control officer Sabrina Bergin says until the changes are actually made, poultry is still prohibited within the city limits.

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July 22, 2014   Comments Off

Flint, Michigan tells city’s biggest urban farmer: Get rid of your chickens

Roxanne Adair holds one of her chickens, named Guinnevere, in a coop in the backyard of her Flint home. Adair is trying to get the city to change their ordinance against raising fowl within city limits. Photo by Samuel Wilson.

Adair has been one of Flint’s urban farming pioneers, helping to start the Flint River Farm

By Ron Fonger
June 16, 2014


The city’s largest urban farmer has been warned to send her small flock of chickens packing, but Roxanne Adair is hoping Flint officials change the rules against backyard fowl instead.

“I’m not going to willingly give up my birds,” said Adair, who has been given 30 days to relocate them from her home in city’s College and Cultural area after a blight ordinance enforcer cited her for harboring the chickens this month.

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