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Edgewater, Colorado joins other Jeffco cities in allowing backyard farm animals

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Homer the goat checks out the camera while his owner, Alison Williams, holds out food for him at her Edgewater home on Jan. 21. (Anya Semenoff, YourHub)

The city now regulates chickens, ducks, rabbits, miniaturized goats and beehives

By Austin Briggs
Denver Post
Jan 26, 2016

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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.

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February 2, 2016   No Comments

Chickens in the City of San Francisco – a short documentary

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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
2015

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.

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January 15, 2016   Comments Off on Chickens in the City of San Francisco – a short documentary

Detroit may re-examine urban farming ordinances

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Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio.

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
Michigan Radio
Jan 5, 2016

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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.

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January 8, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit may re-examine urban farming ordinances

Trevecca Urban Farm in Nashville

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Urban farms bring justice to the food system

By Tristan Abbott
Vanderbilt Orbis
10 December 2015

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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.

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December 17, 2015   Comments Off on Trevecca Urban Farm in Nashville

Gorse Hill City Farm in Leicester, UK, turns 30

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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
Leicester Mercury
December 03, 2015

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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.

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December 10, 2015   Comments Off on Gorse Hill City Farm in Leicester, UK, turns 30

Tucson City Council approves rules for backyard chickens and gardens

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The City Council voted Tuesday to approve changes to Tucson’s unified development code that make it easier to keep food-producing animals. Photo by A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

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
Tuscon.com
Dec 9, 2015

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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.

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December 9, 2015   Comments Off on Tucson City Council approves rules for backyard chickens and gardens

Dutch innovations usher in new era of high-tech urban sustainability including a floating dairy farm

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The world’s first floating (dairy) farm.

Knoester said he is in talks with authorities and organizations in Anwerp and London to implement similar projects.

by Maria Vasileiou
Xinhua News Agency
Nov 27, 2015

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In mid-December, a floating dairy platform will start to be constructed in Rotterdam. It will be secured to the northern banks of Mass in the old port of Merwenhaven, an area being gradually transformed into a site of innovative business in the fields of clean tech, medical and food.

Peter van Wingerden, mastermind of this project, called it “a high-tech lab” that is “completely sustainable”. “The world population is growing, whilst the number of arable land is decreasing. The big question is how and where we can produce healthy food. We can do it on the water, eliminating the journey from farm to store completely as most large cities are built near water,” he told Xinhua.

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December 5, 2015   Comments Off on Dutch innovations usher in new era of high-tech urban sustainability including a floating dairy farm

A Guide to Encinitas’ (Sub)Urban Farming Fight

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Then the chickens had all gone to have a nice comfortable seat on a bough – she fetched the long stick again and poked them all off – they wished they could tell her grandmother too – Kate Greenway (1846-1901). Click on image for larger file.

Encinitas covers 20 square miles and has added roughly 100 housing units per square mile since 2000, according to census figures, most of those as single-family homes.

By Ruarri Serpa
Voice of San Diego
Nov 25, 2015

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In 2014, neighbors of an Encinitas farm filed complaints with the city, saying the farm caused too much traffic in a residential area. The situation with the two-acre farm quickly became a public exercise in melding suburban values with an agricultural history.

The neighbors in an adjacent cul-de-sac said cars sometimes entered driveways and parked near their homes to get to Coral Tree Farm’s fruit stand, educational tours – and yoga lessons.

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December 4, 2015   Comments Off on A Guide to Encinitas’ (Sub)Urban Farming Fight

Detroit eyes adding livestock to urban farms

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Mark Covington smiles with one of his goats in the background at Georgia Street Community Collective, an urban farm and garden on Detroit’s east side. Covington has been raising Chickens since 2009 and goats since 2010 on a couple of lots he has fostered into an urban community arm and garden near his home. Photo Jessica J. Trevino, Detroit Free Press.

At her west-side home, originally a farmhouse built in 1925, Lynn Hausch said she has been raising two small goats so that she can use their milk for cheese. Over the last couple years, she has also kept between four and five chickens.

By Daniel Bethencourt
Detroit Free Press
November 22, 2015

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Detroit city officials are working on at least one ordinance that would allow some residents and urban farmers to raise egg-laying chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats legally.

“These animals provide the community (with) the chance to know clearly where their food is coming from,” said Detroit City Councilman James Tate, who would be the ordinance’s sponsor.

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November 29, 2015   Comments Off on Detroit eyes adding livestock to urban farms

Encinitas subcommittee rethinks livestock buffers

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The Encinitas agriculture subcommittee has reversed course and is now advocating for maintaining the current distance chicken coops and goat pens must be kept from neighboring homes.

By Jared Whitlock
Encinitas Advocate
Nov. 15, 2015

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Proponents of the agriculture ordinance have said it would encourage a new crop of farmers and keep the city’s agricultural heritage alive. Opponents argued the subcommittee’s prior livestock rules would have created noise and sanitation issues.

The ordinance previously called for allowing up to 15 chickens in residential areas without permitting if the coop is at least 15 feet from surrounding properties.

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November 22, 2015   Comments Off on Encinitas subcommittee rethinks livestock buffers

Kenyan urban farmers – it has been ‘uplifting their lives’

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The two urban farmers said that the major challenges facing the business is the land and the security of their crops.

By Shadrack Omuka
Hivisasa
12 Nov 2015

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William Macharia from Kabachia has been practicing urban farming for the last 2 years and has seen the advantages of the enterprise.

Macharia said that since he started farming he has improved the livelihood of his family since he has been able to send his children to school and pay rent among other bills.

“I have been doing this for the last 2 years and i don’t see why i should go to looking for white collar jobs anymore. I am able to send my children to school with what i get from farming besides the roads along Nakuru-Nairobi highway,” said Macharia.

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November 19, 2015   Comments Off on Kenyan urban farmers – it has been ‘uplifting their lives’

Spanish shepherds guide 2,000 sheep through Madrid’s streets

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Shepherds have held the right since at least 1273 to use droving routes across land that used to be open fields before Madrid became a sprawling metropolis.

Associated Press
Oct 25, 2015

MADRID (AP) — Spanish shepherds have led 2,000 sheep through the streets of Madrid in defense of age-old droving, grazing and migration rights that are increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and fenced-in pastures.

Tourists and children were surprised to see wide avenues blocked off in the Spanish capital to let the woolly parade — bleating loudly and clanking bells — cross the city, accompanied by sheepdogs.

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November 17, 2015   Comments Off on Spanish shepherds guide 2,000 sheep through Madrid’s streets

Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon

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Containers of equipment sit outside a proposed fly farm.

Concerns included having a fly farm close to other residences, fly containment, the manure used in the fly production and impacts on property.

By Larry Meyer
The Argus Observer
Nov 5, 2015

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The Malheur County Planning Commission heard the issue at its Sept. 24 meeting and approved a conditional-use permit for a commercial activity with farm use in the propagation, harvesting and preparation of insects for use in animal food and research.

Skip Cockerum, of Ontario, said his company, Fly Farm Products, produces such things as fish bait and feed for caged or wild birds. He has a small property along Clark Boulevard, near the Malheur Experiment Station, that includes a small shop as well as a house.

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November 12, 2015   Comments Off on Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon

The world´s first desktop hive for Edible Insects

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LIVIN Farms Hive: Empowering you to grow a food revolution straight out of your kitchen!

By Katharina Unger, Founder
L I V I N farms
Nov 2015

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With our beautiful and functional desktop hive for edible insects you can grow 200-500 g of protein-rich super food mealworms!

This replaces about the same amount of protein that you would otherwise consume in 500g of meat, animal products or other protein foods. Feed your mealworms sustainably on vegetable scraps from your kitchen and always know 100% what you eat.

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November 10, 2015   Comments Off on The world´s first desktop hive for Edible Insects

Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines

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Attendees of the recent Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City observe the quails that are being raised in a double deck module especially designed for raising quails in the urban areas.

One advantage of raising quails in the urban area is that it occupies very little space. The capital needed is also very modest and the gestation period is short. In 35 days after hatching, the birds will start to lay eggs.

by Zac Sarian
Manilla Bulletin
October 30, 2015

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Only a modest capital is needed to start a quail raising project in the city. The cost of the cage, the birds (it could be ready-to-lay birds), feeds and miscellaneous expenses could amount to just P3,450. The amount can be recovered in just several months.

Usually the cost of producing a quail egg is about 80 centavos, according to Jeffrey. The market price ex-farm is P1.25 apiece. So there is a 45-centavo margin per egg.

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November 5, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines