Category — Livestock
An alternative approach to urban agriculture where city bio-wastes are used to farm algae and fungi, which are in turn fed to insects. In turn, the crickets are processed into an edible flour
by Christine Leu
Apr 18, 2016
Jakub Dzamba, a University of Toronto graduate and Ph.D. candidate designed the Reactor. It consists of a series of interconnected, clear chambers from which crickets may feed and grow. The Reactor is well-sealed to prevent the escape of the wayward cricket into our world.
The architectural language of the Reactor could be described as “antfarm-Modernist.” A large, clear, central atrium with detachable clear pods at the sides to accommodate a variety of programmes, or in this case, different bio-wastes. The density of the insects per square inch is evocative of urban living, and reminiscent of maximizing return on investment for repeating condominium units in the sky.
April 21, 2016 No Comments
McGregor thinks the city should amend By-law 2003-77 to allow backyard hens, joining Vancouver, Victoria, Kingston, Red Deer, Montreal, Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, Cornerbrook, Brampton, Guelph and numerous other Canadian municipalities that permit backyard chickens.
By Bruce Deachman
Apr 16, 2016
She first got the idea more than a decade ago when she and her husband toured an off-the-grid house where the owners kept chickens. “They were all what I’d call funky chickens — heritage breeds — and after that I decided I wanted chickens.”
They made the leap four years ago, when they attended a bird auction and paid about $20 each for two hens: a Barred Rock and a Polish hen — Polly — the latter most notable for its showy crest of feathers.
April 20, 2016 Comments Off on Canada: Ottawa’s urban farmers cross the fowl line, as hobby comes home to roost
Farming has typically been associated with the rural areas of Jamaica, but three young people have laid this stereotype to rest as they run a thriving livestock farm within one of the Kingston metropolitan area’s toughest communities.
By Javene Skyers
March 29, 2016
Majesty Gardens residents Shana-Kay Armstrong, Anthony Bailey, and Lornell Smith raise goats, pigs and chickens in their backyard, which serves as their main form of employment.
“Wi jus deh ya siddung an’ a reason one day and wi say, ‘yu know say nuhbody nah raise nuh chicken in the area; yu know wi can do a business out of it’. A suh comes wi just say wi a go line up some funds and go inna it,” 21-year-old Bailey said of the joint effort.
April 2, 2016 Comments Off on Jamaican City Farmers
A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo’s farm grows to become the largest in the region.
Written by Katie Smith Milway
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kid Can Press
Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.
After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen.
April 1, 2016 Comments Off on One Hen
Council OKs code change to allow more chickens per lot
By Doug McMurdo
Mar 18, 2016
The City Council on Tuesday in a split vote modified one section of the animal ordinance and added another.
In doing so, families living on lots smaller than 20,000 square feet – a little less than half an acre – can now have one chicken or related bird for every 1,000 square feet of lot size, for a total limit of 36.
March 25, 2016 Comments Off on Kingman, Arizona votes to open gate to more urban agriculture
Click on image for larger file. The Pingree quadruplets with their “mom,” farm manager Holly Glomski. Video here.
Skyline Lambs (Whitney, Penobscot, Book, Fisher)
Lake Lambs (Michigan, Superior, Erie, Huron)
Dream Cruise Lambs (Woodward, Grand River, Gratiot, Jefferson)
Mayor Lambs (Pingree, Young, Duggan, Bing)
Ink Spots (Billy, Deek, Charlie, Hoppie)
Motown Gang (Diana, Martha, Aretha, Stevie)
Pingree Gang (Omira, Grixdale, 7 Mile, Robinwood)
Spring Lambs (Sweet Pea, Marigold, Sunflower, Clover)
March 23, 2016
Pingree Farms is proud to announce the birth of quadruplets. A Columbia ewe gave birth to four lambs on March 6th, arriving over a three hour period starting at 3 a.m.
The birth of quadruplet lambs is rare. Only one in five-hundred births of this breed are quadruplets, and only in one in one-thousand births do all four survive. New farm manager Holly Glomski explains, “This is a very rare experience in agriculture for this particular breed of sheep. Typically they give birth to twins. Quads is really an overachievement.”
March 24, 2016 Comments Off on Pingree Urban Farm Celebrates Birth of Quadruplet Lambs in Detroit
Hen owners planning a coop d’état can stand down.
By Elise Stolte
March 4, 2016
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.
March 12, 2016 Comments Off on Neighbours won’t get to henpeck Edmonton, Alberta chicken owners after all
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
March 6, 2016
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.
March 7, 2016 Comments Off on Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular in Metro Vancouver, BC
The girl decides that one of the many chickens roaming their yard could make a suitable dog—especially the black-and-white speckled hen who struts around like she owns the place.
By Susan McElroy Montanari and Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade
Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog.
Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed.
March 3, 2016 Comments Off on My Dog’s a Chicken
The city now regulates chickens, ducks, rabbits, miniaturized goats and beehives
By Austin Briggs
Jan 26, 2016
Residents in a detached home now can have a total of three dogs and/or cats; the cap is two for people who live in an apartment. Up to six regulated animals are allowed — including any combination of chickens, ducks, rabbits, miniaturize goats and beehives (one hive counting as an animal).
Licensing and compliance will be required for all regulated animals, and the slaughter of animals is prohibited.
February 2, 2016 Comments Off on Edgewater, Colorado joins other Jeffco cities in allowing backyard farm animals
The film playfully explores the ways in which keeping chickens has helped shape the philosophies behind what and how urban chicken-owners eat, and has forced them to face the means of modern food production.
Directed by Christie Herring
Camera Davina Pardo
KQED’s Truly CA
Chickens in the City is a chicken-level view of two backyard coops in San Francisco. Allison adopted Miss Money Henny from her neighbor who purchased the chicken to star in his audition tape for SURVIVOR. She’s a little hen with a big personality, and her prolific egg-laying brings the family farm to the big city. Across town, Shawn tends Wacko and Kathryn — not to mention two ducks — in a high-tech chicken coop.
January 15, 2016 Comments Off on Chickens in the City of San Francisco – a short documentary
Tate also points out that until the passage of a 2013 agriculture ordinance he sponsored, the many urban farms in Detroit were also technically illegal.
By Stateside Staff
Jan 5, 2016
For years, some Detroiters have raised animals that are usually associated with rural farms: chickens, goats, rabbits, and more.
Although it is technically illegal to keep livestock, residents of Detroit have been able to do so because of bureaucratic dysfunction.
January 8, 2016 Comments Off on Detroit may re-examine urban farming ordinances
Urban farms bring justice to the food system
By Tristan Abbott
10 December 2015
In the middle of Chestnut Hill, just two miles from downtown, the most common sounds used to be the screams of trains and the buzzes of light industry. Today, those sounds are joined by the bleating of goats and the crowing of roosters. At the edge of Trevecca Nazarene University, there are more than thirty goats, nearly a hundred chickens, four pigs, two dogs, and innumerable volunteers.
December 17, 2015 Comments Off on Trevecca Urban Farm in Nashville
Among the biggest city farms in the UK with more than 100 animals and much more, including a heritage trail, a cafe, play equipment and a giant plastic cow for children to milk.
By Tom Mack
December 03, 2015
Key to the farm’s success is the fact that the site itself raises about two thirds of the £150,000 it needs each year for wages, feed and other things, with the rest of the money coming from Leicester City Council.
Sarah said: “I am impressed that we’re still here. It shows that we’re something that’s needed in the community.
December 10, 2015 Comments Off on Gorse Hill City Farm in Leicester, UK, turns 30
The amendment sets maximums for 24 animal units for a lot 16,000 square feet or less and 48 animal units for a lot 144,000 square feet or more, up from 24 fowl in the current rules. No male fowl are allowed.
By Becky Pallack
Dec 9, 2015
In a 7-0 vote, the City Council approved an urban agriculture text amendment to the city’s unified development code. It reduces barriers to raising backyard chickens and vegetable gardens, and it clarifies rules for community gardens and farmers markets.
The city has been working on the issue since 2009 and more than 300 people attended public meetings on the proposed changes, said Jim Mazzocco, interim director of the Planning and Development Services Department.
December 9, 2015 Comments Off on Tucson City Council approves rules for backyard chickens and gardens