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Debate about goat-keeping in Ferrysburg city limits still rages after 8 months

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In this file photo, Children of the Montambo family in Ferrysburg, Mich. pose with the goats that they and their parents keep. Children, from the left, are Jack, Grace, Olivia and Miles. Goats, from the left, are “Thomas” Jefferson, “Benjamin” Franklin, Penelope, and Mamma.

“I got nothing against goats,” Scarpino said. He’s more opposed to the manner in which the ordinance was passed – with a 4-3 simple majority vote, and against the recommendation of the city planning commission.

By Stephen Kloosterman
Mlive
May 14, 2015

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FERRYSBURG, MI – For some Ferrysburg residents, it really gets their goat that neighbors are keeping theirs.

A debate about whether residents may keep goats, rabbits or chickens at cityside homesteads has raged for more than eight months. The city council recently approved a city ordinance that would allow keeping animals within certain limits — but now a there’s an effort to repeal that ordinance.

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May 22, 2015   No Comments

A little farm in your backyard in Lodi, California

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Debbie Haesche coos over the chicks at Robinson’s Feed Supply in Lodi on Monday, March 30, 2015. Haesche was a long-time chicken owner until city of Lodi regulations passed last year no longer permitted them. She has been speaking up about bringing them back and is circulating a petition.

Increasingly, Lodi and Galt residents are raising tomatoes, chickens and more on their property

By Kyla Cathey
Lodi News-Sentinel
Apr 27, 2015

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Backyard chickens aren’t currently allowed in Lodi or Galt, though Lodi’s Planning Commission has recommended the city allow residents to own up to five laying hens. That recommendation will go before the city council in May.

They are allowed in San Joaquin County, however, and local feed stores like Robinson’s take advantage of that.

The store offers several chicken classes throughout the year, including those offered by Cherie Sintes-Glover. She also travels to people’s homes to help them evaluate their set-up and go over proper chicken care.

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May 6, 2015   Comments Off on A little farm in your backyard in Lodi, California

Encinitas, California releases draft neighbourhood agricultural ordinance

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Officials said they hope strikes a balance between encouraging agricultural while protecting the suburban value of neighbors.

By Aaron Burgin
The Coast News
Apr 26, 2015

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The ordinance spells out a number of farming activities that property owners would be able to do by right, including:

Have farms smaller than an acre
Host farmers markets with 15 or fewer vendors at churches, schools and community centers,
Set up fruit stands of 120 square feet or smaller and operate them 12 hours a week
Host up to six “agriconnection” events a year, including farm-to-table events, farming tours and the like. Events that are not directly tied to agriculture, such as yoga and art events, would not be allowed by right.

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May 5, 2015   Comments Off on Encinitas, California releases draft neighbourhood agricultural ordinance

Brighton, Colorado sets rules for urban farming of bees, up to 6 chickens

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Jan Coffelt has bees in the backyard of her Lakewood home Photo by Seth A. McConnell.

“We have had calls about whether or not people can slaughter in their yards.”

By Megan Mitchell
Denver Post
03/26/2015

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Residents interested in keeping backyard hens and honeybees can get their coops and hives set up before summer now that City Council has approved new regulations for urban farmers.

Up to six hens (and ducks) and are now allowed outside single-family homes, and anywhere from one to eight hives can be placed on private property (depending on the homeowner’s land size).

Both bees and chickens are also allowed in some parks and open space properties.

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April 7, 2015   Comments Off on Brighton, Colorado sets rules for urban farming of bees, up to 6 chickens

Michigan State: Policy released on urban livestock recommendations

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Cairo, Egypt. Urban livestock production: sheep, goats and mixed poultry on top of an apartment building in Cairo. (S.D. Lukefahr)

Urban livestock workgroup calls for the creation of an urban agriculture act to stimulate and support efforts to raise and grow food locally.

By Brad Neumann,
Michigan State University Extension
March 26, 2015

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Over the course of five meetings, the Urban Livestock Workgroup developed the following recommendations:

Develop an Urban Agriculture Act to address, stimulate and support local efforts and interest in raising livestock in urban/suburban areas.

Acknowledge the interconnection of raising livestock and plants (crops), recommending the proposed Urban Agriculture Act require development of guidelines for urban/suburban agriculture.

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April 6, 2015   Comments Off on Michigan State: Policy released on urban livestock recommendations

Michigan Panel opposes legal shield for city, suburban livestock

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“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

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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   Comments Off on Michigan Panel opposes legal shield for city, suburban livestock

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 on Saturday Night Live ‘Urban Farming’ Skit

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

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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

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

Minneapolis Chicken Summit: Feathers ruffled over backyard chicken changes

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

By Jon Collins
MPR News
Jan 30, 2015

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“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 on Minneapolis Chicken Summit: Feathers ruffled over backyard chicken changes

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

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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
Dawn
Feb 3, 2015

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

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

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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

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

Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

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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

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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 on Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

Detroit proposes timetable for urban livestock policy

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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

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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 on Detroit proposes timetable for urban livestock policy

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

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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),

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

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

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“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
citylab
Dec 16, 2014

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