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Cows and goats take residence in Tokyo high-rise to promote dairy jobs

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A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

The Japan Times
Aug 10, 2017

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A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

It may sound like the start of a joke, but about 60 such animals have found a new home on the 13th floor of a building near Tokyo Station in the Otemachi district.

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August 12, 2017   No Comments

Urban Livestock: A homesteading guide for Chicago parents

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There is NO LIMIT to the number or kind of livestock you can keep. You are welcome to bring goats, chickens, pigs, bees, alpacas, turkeys, tribbles and more, right to your balcony or tiny parcel of lawn.

By Matt Boresi
Chicago Parent
Aug 1, 2017

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Urban Livestock can be raised to yield dairy products, including eggs, which I swear were in the dairy group when we were kids but I’m pretty sure are more like meat. You’ll need to ask a hippie. Fresh eggs and milk are more delicious than the kind you buy at the store, which is irradiated and contains tasting notes of existential dread owing to the terroir of commercial farms.

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August 8, 2017   No Comments

Caring for urban farm animals in extreme heat in Portland, Oregon

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Chicken pecking at watermelon.

She feeds her chickens frozen watermelon

Keely Chalmers, KGW
Aug 1, 2017

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Backyard chickens, for example, are very sensitive to the heat. Veterinarians say chickens should be checked-on often. In addition to shade and water, give them cool juicy fruit like watermelon to stay hydrated.

Mist them with cool water, but don’t submerge them in water. And last but not least, recognize the signs of heat stress.

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August 7, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Maple Ridge teens take on city hall over backyard chickens

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Blythe Parry (left) and Janelle Pomeroy have taken their fight to raise backyard chickens to city hall in Maple Ridge. Now they are teaching people how to raise chickens as a way to enlist others to join their battle. Nick Procaylo / Png

Backyard chicken farming has flourished in Vancouver in recent years with more than 220 urban farmers registered with the city as of last year. West Vancouver and Surrey are among other jurisdictions that allow the practice.

By Matt Robinson
Vancouver Sun
July 30, 2017

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Janelle Pomeroy had been raising chickens in her backyard for about two years by the time she got the knock on the door.

It was a bylaw enforcement officer who gave the Maple Ridge teen one week to get rid of her hens or face consequences. Backyard chickens are not welcome in the city, the teen was told.

That was last year, and it was one of the catalysts for a campaign by Pomeroy, her sister, and her friend Blythe Parry for a rule change on Maple Ridge chickens.

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August 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Maple Ridge teens take on city hall over backyard chickens

Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

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Volunteer shepherds guide a flock of sheep to their new park Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Montreal. The sheep are part of a pilot project where they act as eco-friendly lawn mowers, chewing on the long grass, but also help by eating vegetation that poses a threat to public green spaces.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

She says the animals have become stars in the neighbourhood, drawing people together and letting them experience a taste of farm life in the city.

Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press
July 27, 2017

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With only a few bleats of protest, a flock of woolly, four-legged lawnmowers took a rare stroll through the streets of Montreal on Wednesday to take up their duties in a new city park.

The six ewes and four lambs were carefully herded along the sidewalk from one park to another with the help of shepherds and volunteers holding up orange barricades.

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July 27, 2017   Comments Off on Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

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Original 2016 Tokyo office has grown its own food in a vertical farm since 2005. You walk over a 1,000-square-foot rice paddy, continue through an okra field and you enter the vine-covered “tomato guest room” or the “vegetable factory” filled with hundreds of hydroponic heads of lettuce.

On the second floor, fruit trees form partition walls between meeting spaces, bean sprouts are grown under benches and herbs grow on shelving along the walls.

Nikkkei Asian Review
July 10, 2017

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The Pasona Group staffing agency will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters near Tokyo Station, opening the exhibition ranch to the public in an effort to cultivate interest in husbandry.

The company’s headquarters recently relocated to a building close to the northern exit of the heavily trafficked station. The 400-sq.-meter ranch will be open on weekdays and Saturdays. An accompanying cafe will host food-related educational programs for children.

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July 16, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

Canada, Yukon: Dawson City’s Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in teaching farm grows up and out

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TH Farm outside Dawson City has recently introduced livestock including pigs. (Lori Garrison/Yukon News)

The farm is on TH traditional land, and the sign, upon entering, reads, in Hän, “Nän käk nizhi’ tr’ënohshe gha ëtr’’ëhoh’ay” which translates to “on the land we learn to grow our food.”

By Lori Garrison
Yukon News
July 4, 2017

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The “different animals” —pigs, chickens and rabbits — are new additions to the TH farm, which is in its second year of classes. The farm started up last season “on a shoestring,” says Dexter MacRae, director of teaching and training, with a set of large gardens and basic infrastructure. Now, the facility, located just outside of Dawson City proper, not far from from the airport, is expanding into livestock and other, more advanced agricultural ventures.

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July 11, 2017   Comments Off on Canada, Yukon: Dawson City’s Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in teaching farm grows up and out

Canada: Backyard chickens are still illegal in London, Ontario

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Brooke Hutton in her backyard with her hens. She would like to see bylaws against backyard chickens relaxed. (Colin Butler/CBC News)

Sometimes you have to break the rules if you believe in a cause, says backyard chicken keeper

By Kate Dubinski
CBC News
Jun 29, 2017

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Backyard chickens became a touchy subject in London, when looking into the possibility of allowing them was dismissed as a silly idea by former Mayor Joe Fontana.

The city has since began developing an urban agriculture strategy, with input from residents, and the issue has come back onto the public agenda.

Urban agriculture means growing, processing, sharing and distributing food – whether berries or beans or chickens – within the city.

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July 5, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Backyard chickens are still illegal in London, Ontario

‘Chicken lady’ farms in Rogers Park, Chicago, despite neighbors’ gripes

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Moah’s Ark owner Mo Cahill, of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, will face a judge over a noise ordinance following protests over the years from neighbors about her chickens. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

“I ate my beloved Whitey Bulger,” Cahill said later, when asked whether she will consume named chickens. “I love them, but they’re still chickens. This whole thing is still about food.”

By Gregory Pratt
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2017

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Accompanied by her “director of security,” a Victorian bulldog called Biff, Mo Cahill opened the back door of a baby-blue truck she keeps in her backyard as a makeshift chicken coop.

Out streamed galline citizens of Moah’s Ark, a small urban farm on the 1800 block of West Touhy Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Cahill, 62, has about two dozen chickens and three roosters, who mostly live in the 1993 Chevy suburban or a smaller coop on a plot she owns two lots over.

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June 24, 2017   Comments Off on ‘Chicken lady’ farms in Rogers Park, Chicago, despite neighbors’ gripes

Goats Clean Up Parks and Educate Communities on Urban Farming

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Due to their unique digestive systems, goats are able to consume invasive weeds without redistributing any of the seeds in their excrement.

By Aine Creedon
Non Profit Quatrely
Jun 16, 2017

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Amy Weaver, owner of Five Fridges Farm, says the most surprising outcome of the project has been the community support that has erupted. Over the past few years, the goats have become a big hit with local residents, which flock to visit the hard workers cleaning up their parks.

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June 22, 2017   Comments Off on Goats Clean Up Parks and Educate Communities on Urban Farming

Goat Yoga at a Detroit Urban Farm

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Claire Dossin of Kalamazoo does yoga as her new friends Butterscotch and Copper, kids that are 1 1/2 month-old, rest on her yoga mat during a Goat Yoga class.

People come in with a straight face and leave grinning ear-to-ear,” says Pingree Farms manager Holly Glomski of Detroit. “What’s really interesting is the therapeutic benefit of the animals.”

By Ashley Zlatopolsky
Detroit Free Press
May 12, 2017

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In Detroit, though, goat yoga is not only a hilariously good time, but a way to improve the surrounding community. All proceeds from goat yoga classes go toward efforts such as turning blighted or vacant land into urban food oases. Pingree Farms, which is a nonprofit group, aims to revitalize or impact neighborhoods and educate youths through urban agriculture.

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Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

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Dr. Diana Nsubuga calls on educated people not to shy away from farming and to embrace it for the numerous benefits it has.

NTV
May 11, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The cow that was originally given as a wedding gift to Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga seven years ago, has turned out to be a game changer. The cow was the beginning of an experiment in urban farming that has changed Nsubuga’s life

Nsubuga, a trained doctor and public health professional, lives in Tuba Zone in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala. The neighbourhood is in an urban setting which many would not consider conducive for farming.

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Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

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Robin Friesen (left) and partner Jordan Maynard on their Vancouver farm. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG

“I didn’t take (the bylaw officer) seriously. This is Agricultural Land Reserve land. I told him to go back and read the laws.”

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
April 9, 2017

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But what Friesen and her partner Jordan Maynard didn’t know was that although their little piece of top-quality farmland in Vancouver’s Southlands neighbourhood is technically in the ALR, it is also subject to a condition that affects no other farmland in B.C.

According to the both the City of Vancouver and the Agricultural Land Commission, the ALR land in Southlands is governed by city bylaws on such things as noise, smell and the number of chickens a farmer can keep, rather than the provincial Right to Farm Act that normally governs ALR land. The provincial legislation allows farmers to keep livestock and tend crops that might irritate neighbours in an urban setting.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

California: ‘Jewish Animal Liberationists’ Protest Kosher Slaughter At Urban Farm — Again

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“We know the love and peace of this farm, but we also know that peace does not happen if it does not extend to animals,” he said.

By Daniella Cheslow
Fast Forward
March 14, 2017

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Activists calling themselves “Jewish Animal Liberationists” wore funereal clothes and infiltrated a Purim party at a Berkeley Jewish farm to protest their killing of chickens.

“We are concerned about the violence against animals on this farm,” said Zach Groff, as he held a sign reading “I wanted to live,” in Hebrew.

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March 20, 2017   Comments Off on California: ‘Jewish Animal Liberationists’ Protest Kosher Slaughter At Urban Farm — Again

Eustis, Florida City Commission Goes Against Backyard Chickens

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Judson Middens, with Florida Urban Agriculture, brought his chicken, Millie, to a city meeting to try to convince commissioners to allow Eustis residents to keep chickens as pets. Photo by By Roxanne Brown.

“So these guys, they’re not the monster everybody’s thinking. They’re clean, they’re friendly and, yes, they are pets.”

By Roxanne Brown
Daily Commercial
Feb 17, 2017

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Giddens said he understands people are concerned about smells and noises but said only commercial farming causes that, not the five chickens-per-household people in Eustis want.

“This is not new. It’s making a comeback. It’s part of sustainability,” he said. “People that have backyard chickens, they compost, they garden, they prepare for their community and what you do is facilitate a positive attitude in your citizenship.

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February 24, 2017   Comments Off on Eustis, Florida City Commission Goes Against Backyard Chickens