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Michigan Panel opposes legal shield for city, suburban livestock


“Why can’t I have 10 rabbits in my back yard in the city if my neighbor can have four barking Rottweilers?”

By John Flesher
Associated Press
Mar 15, 2015


Traverse City — People who raise chickens or other livestock in cities and suburban residential areas should not have the protection from nuisance lawsuits that Michigan grants to farmers in the countryside, says a report to the state’s agricultural policymakers released Sunday.

Backyard farming should continue to be regulated through local zoning ordinances, although the state should encourage the practice and develop guidelines on matters such as proper animal care, waste management and slaughter methods, said the document by the Urban Livestock Workgroup.

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March 29, 2015   No Comments

Saturday Night Live ‘Urban Farming’ Skit

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Urban farming is made easy with Nest-spresso, which incubates a fertilized chicken egg in minutes.

By Saturday Night Live
Season 40, 2014

In this commercial parody, a woman (Vanessa Bayer) introduces her urban farming neighbors (Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon) to Nest-spresso, a machine that incubates a fertilized chicken egg in minutes.

March 15, 2015   Comments Off

Hong Kong’s goat keepers ready to help the city ring in the year of the goat

Allan Shek has more than 100 goats on his farm near Mai Po, which opened to the public last week. Photo by Edward Wong, Nora Tam.

The farm is collaborating with a mall in Tsing Yi to give shoppers the chance to get close to the goats at his organic farm.

By Elaine Yau
South China Morning Post
Feb 16, 2015


The year of the goat promises to usher in a busy time for Hong Kong’s goat keepers. Allan Shek Kwok-keung is counting on it. Last week, the Yuen Long native opened his Little Goat Lemon Garden to the public, and he hopes to receive a stream of visitors as the Lunar New Year brings greater interest in the animal.

Occupying a 40,000 sq ft site near Mai Po, the leisure centre includes a big fish pond, the citrus trees that it is named after and, of course, a herd of goats.

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February 16, 2015   Comments Off

Minneapolis Chicken Summit: Feathers ruffled over backyard chicken changes


Question: How do chickens like to bake cake?
Answer: From scratch

By Jon Collins
MPR News
Jan 30, 2015


“I’ve got the classic situation where I’ve got a grumpy neighbor,” Henry said. “It would be maybe difficult for me to get the signature requirement right now because one of my next door neighbors is opposed to it.”

But even among those at the Minneapolis Chicken Summit not everyone supported making it easier to get a permit to raise chickens in the city.

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control officials said there were 266 permitted chicken coops in Minneapolis last year. In the late 2000s, there were only a couple dozen.

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February 9, 2015   Comments Off

Lahore, Pakistan evicts buffaloes, cows and other cattle from urban union councils


They make a plan to make Lahore a cattle-free city, raid barns and farms and net the cattle. As soon as the drive is over, the cattle again return to their places.

By Khalid Hasnain
Feb 3, 2015


Under the policy, cattle eviction campaigns are to be launched by the town municipal administrations with the district livestock wing or the officials/departments concerned of the CDGL. At present, the nine town administrations seem not bothered by the presence of cattle.

Famous social activist Prof Ajaz Anwar sees cattle an integral part of nature’s ecosystem, saying their only place is countryside.

“Metropolitan cities all around the world discourage keeping cattle in homes or sheds,” he told Dawn. “Here, it’s a matter of ill-planning. If they’ve banned cattle in urban UCs, the officials should have implemented it well.”

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February 3, 2015   Comments Off

City Farming In Sana’a, Yemen: A Hobby With Potential

Introducing rural practices to an urban environment carries risks, but it may help solve Yemen’s chronic food insecurity.

According to WFP statistics, the average price for a sheep in Sana’a was at least YR39,000 ($181) at the end of 2014, which represented a 30 percent increase on the previous year.

By Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author), Mohammed Al-Samawi (photographer)
Yemen Times
26 January 2015


He has been city farming ever since, and says the company of his sheep help him feel closer to home. “We are used to raising sheep, I don’t think I would be able to live without doing so. Every day I clean after them, I give them feed and even our leftovers.”

As a matter of necessity, Muhammad’s relationship with his sheep has grown increasingly intimate. Following several cases of theft amongst urban sheep herders in 2012, he decided to move his flock of ten sheep into the third floor of his house, where they remain today.

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January 27, 2015   Comments Off

Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

Walking their goats.

Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

By Anna Bergren Miller
City Lab
Jan 7, 2015


Wheat Ridge, Colorado, is experiencing an agricultural renaissance. Once known informally as Carnation City, the Denver suburb built its economy on a foundation of flower nurseries, apple orchards, and assorted vegetable crops. But by the time Wheat Ridge incorporated in 1969, residential and commercial development had eaten up much of the town’s farmland.

Five decades later, when city leaders sat down to rewrite the community’s comprehensive plan, they identified urban agriculture as a focal point.

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January 19, 2015   Comments Off

Detroit proposes timetable for urban livestock policy


Starting in February, public outreach to educate about urban livestock and the policy is expected to begin.

By Ryan Felton
Metro Times
Dec 23, 2014


In a report dated Dec. 8 from LPD, officials laid out a proposed timeline to implement a local ordinance on urban livestock. The report, from LPD interim director David Whitaker and city planner Kathryn Lynch Underwood, says the city is working with nonprofit urban design firm Detroit Collaborative Design Center at University of Detroit Mercy, and FoodPlus Detroit, a local partnership network focused on facilitating a sustainable food system across the region, to develop a plan for “public education and engagement about urban livestock.”

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January 7, 2015   Comments Off

Productive Potential of Pigeons To Improve Inner City Food Security in Dhaka, Bangledash

Jalali Pigeons in the Holy Mazar Sharif of Saint Shajalal Yemani who arrived here in Bengal in 1303 AD.

Many young, adults and retired Government employees are coming forward to raise the pigeons since the bond between pigeons and human beings is very emotional.

By Dr.Mohammed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh;
Dr.Mokbul Hossain, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University,
Mymensingh, Bangladesh
and René van Veenhuizen, Sr. Programme Officer, RUAF Foundation, RUAF Foundation (International Secretariat),


The history of pigeons in Bangladesh is not well docuemented. However, its raising has been a hobby of the Dhaka naboobs, who might have inherited from the Mughals since 16th centure and for the Dhakaite, it’s part of their life to fly pigeons. However, some are of the opinion that when saint Shah Jalal left Delhi, India and arrived in Sylhet in 1303, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya gave him two pairs of black pigeons which, according to folk belief is found still today in the dargah of Shah Jalal in Sylhet and other places of Bengal, such as Cachar district of neighboring Assam. As such these pigeons are referred to as “Jalali” pigeon.

Pigeons and doves comprise roughly 300 species of the order Columbiformes. Pigeons are omnivorous and have a lifespan ranging between three and five years. Pigeons typically grow to be between 24 and 40 centimeters in length. The most common habitat for the pigeon is coastal regions but feral pigeons have adapted well to urban life over the years.

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December 19, 2014   Comments Off

In 19th-century New York, urban livestock were perceived as a threat

“Today, proponents argue that urban agriculture and local food sources promote ‘sustainable cities,’” writes historian Catherine McNeur in her new book, Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City. “In the nineteenth century, many Americans would have believed the opposite.”

When Gentrification Meant Driving the Hogs Out of Manhattan

By Sarah Goodyear
Dec 16, 2014


In order for Manhattan to become the center of a nation’s wealth and high culture, as McNeur illustrates, the dirty work of agriculture and food production had to be pushed out and made invisible—along with the lower-class people who made their living from animals and their by-products. The result, she writes, was a volatile and unsettled period in which rancor and division among citizens was heightened by the question over who had the right to use the city’s rapidly vanishing common spaces.

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December 17, 2014   Comments Off

Training 1000 People To Become Insect Farmers In The Capital City Of Kinshasa


Farming Edible Insects And Promoting Entomophagy In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

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Insects offer high protein, fat and micronutrients content. Market surveys show that insects are already part of traditional diets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and that local people would readily eat more if available. Caterpillars are the most consumed and preferred species in the country; an estimated 96 tonnes of caterpillars are supplied to the Kinshasa market annually.

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December 9, 2014   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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