Category — Livestock
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
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.
November 29, 2015 No Comments
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
Nov. 15, 2015
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.
November 22, 2015 No Comments
The Flourishing Rabbit Rearing Business. Kenya Citizen TV.
The two urban farmers said that the major challenges facing the business is the land and the security of their crops.
By Shadrack Omuka
12 Nov 2015
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.
November 19, 2015 No Comments
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.
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.
November 17, 2015 Comments Off on Spanish shepherds guide 2,000 sheep through Madrid’s streets
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
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.
November 12, 2015 Comments Off on Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon
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
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.
November 10, 2015 Comments Off on The world´s first desktop hive for Edible Insects
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
October 30, 2015
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.
November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines
Sparks residents will officially be allowed to raise chickens and bees in particular zones of the city for single family, multi-family and mixed-use developments with proper permitting.
By Chanelle Bessette
Oct 12, 2015
For chickens, the following standards were officially enacted:
Roosters are prohibited.
Slaughtering of chickens on site is prohibited.
The keeping of chickens is limited based on parcel size, with the maximum number of 16 chickens allowed on properties 10,000 square feet and greater.
Chickens shall be restricted from accessing the front yard.
October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Bill passes for urban agriculture in Sparks, Nevada
“With dairy goats you cannot complain about having limited space. If you have about five goats giving you two litres a day and you sell one litre at Sh100, you will have made a substantial income,”
By Lonah Kibet
October 3rd 2015
Wachira was so impressed by the nutritional value of goat milk and the profit the women were churning out of their flock that he decided to give dairy goat farming a try.
Now he is rearing 15 dairy goats in his rented one-bedroomed house in Nairobi’s Maringo estate where he practises urban farming. He started out with one goat which produced very little milk. But after deworming and feeding it with dairy meal, its milk production shot up.
October 10, 2015 Comments Off on Meet Nairobi’s city farmer who makes Sh2,000 daily from goat milk
A Crown Point man is asking the city to allow him to raise chickens and goats on 7.5 acres he owns on North Main Street.
By Carrie Napoleon
Oct 2, 2015
When Peter Kossis pictured his future in Crown Point, it included a house on a few acres of land with some goats and chickens.
Born in Greece, Kossis said the animals remind him of his homeland, where his family raised chickens and goats for food.
“It’s something that’s a hobby for me,” Kossis said.
October 9, 2015 Comments Off on City officials cluck over Crown Point, Indiana resident’s request for chickens
“There are the people who really want to do it,” she said. “Then there’s the people who say, ‘There’s no way I’m looking at chickens and goats next to me.’
By Ted Roelofs
Sept 22, 2015
The tension between upstart farmers and bewildered city officials is increasingly playing out before zoning appeals boards and courtrooms in Michigan, with first-time urban farmers seeking many of the same commercial protections afforded rural farming operations. The conflicts underscore how the scope and very definition of farming is evolving in an era of main street farmers markets and farm-to-table sourcing of food ingredients.
Last year, Sky and David Brown bought an abandoned home on Detroit’s northwest side, on a block with other neglected houses and weedy vacant lots. While they rehabbed the structure, they said it only seemed natural to try their hand at managing a small menagerie – six chickens and three pygmy goats. It didn’t end well.
September 28, 2015 Comments Off on Michigan’s legal battle over urban farming
Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa: A Guidebook for Reducing Local Regulatory Barriers to Local Foods
By Andrea Vaage and Gary Taylor, Department of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University
(Must see. Mike)
Background: Urban Agriculture and Municipal Zoning
The popularity of local foods has increased significantly in the last few decades, pushed along in recent years by a heightened interest of consumers in buying local and sustainably-grown foods. From 1997 to 2007 direct-to-consumer food marketing grew by 104.7 percent while total agricultural sales increased by only 47.6 percent. (Diamond and Soto, 2009). According to a recent report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 163,675 farmers sold an estimated $6.1 billion in locally marketed foods in 2012. In 2014, there were 8,628 farmers markets operating across the nation, which represents a 180 percent growth in the number of markets since 2006 (Low et al, 2015).
September 24, 2015 Comments Off on Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa: A Guidebook for Reducing Local Regulatory Barriers to Local Foods
“It would be great to grow this kind of business in an urban community. It could create jobs for people and help the entire city.”
By Carmen McCollum
Sept 14, 2015
“What I’d like the students to learn from this is what it takes to run a business. I want them to see that they have the ability to do that. I want them to understand about sustainable life. I’m not saying I expect them to be farmers but they need to know where their food comes from. I’ve learned a lot myself about eggs working with this project. I’ve also learned that when you go to the grocery store, you don’t really know how long those products have been there,” Bodie said.
Senior Alicia Williams has been working with the chickens and picking eggs since the inception of the project.
September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Gary, Indiana school launches urban farm
“There (are) acres and acres and acres and acres in Pittsburgh that are going unused and are completely overgrown, and that’s land that potentially enterprising people could take and turn into productive farmland,” he said.
By Margaret J. Krauss
Sept 11, 2015
It turns out not even a goat pregnancy test can surprise the UPS man, said Placais. It’s just one of the many discoveries the two have made while running their farm. Pavlik and Placais also own Steel City Grazers, Pittsburgh’s only goat-grazing business. Think of it as an all-goat landscaping crew. With a guardian donkey.
“I believe we’re the only people with goats in the city although I’ve heard, like, fifth-hand that somebody might have a goat. But as somebody else pointed out, it might just be back to us,” he said.
September 20, 2015 Comments Off on Steel City Grazers, Pittsburgh’s only goat-grazing business
The fine for having a prohibited animal is $500, but Scott said the city is not out to issue Koch a $25,000 ticket.
By Madeleine Cummings,
August 26, 2015
David Koch has until Sept. 20 to find new homes for the 50 sheep he’s been keeping on his southeast Edmonton property, but he’s trying to convince the city to let the sheep stay — and create a program that would allow Edmontonians to open petting zoos in their backyards.
Koch went to City Hall on Wednesday with a week-old orphan lamb named Bambi, hoping to convince passersby to join his campaign to “save the sheep.”
September 4, 2015 Comments Off on Edmonton city official not keen on idea of backyard petting zoos to save sheep