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Interview with Sundari Kraft: “People eat more veggies when they take part in gardening”

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Kraft is the founder of Sustainable Food Denver, founding co-chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and founder of one of Denver’s first multi-plot urban farms.

By Brian Frederick
Food Tank
Oct. 2017

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FT: One of your legislative successes is a policy to allow Denver residents to raise chickens, ducks, and dwarf goats within the city limits. How practical is this in an urban setting and how do you hope this will benefit individual health?

SK: Anytime someone is considering raising an animal—whether it’s a chicken or a dog—they need to make sure that they have the appropriate space, tools, and time to adequately care for that animal. That being said, city-appropriate food-producing animals can absolutely be raised successfully in an urban backyard. These animals are no more difficult to care for than the pets that we’re used to seeing in cities (like dogs and cats)—it’s just that most of us haven’t grown up with them and we’ve lost the knowledge of how to care for them. Luckily, there are a number of books focused on urban homesteading, as well as classes in some cities focused on backyard chickens or goats.

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October 19, 2017   No Comments

Farmers sign up to run world’s first floating farm in Rotterdam

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Andrew Cobner, junior vice president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, told DutchNews.nl that cows might feel the effects of a sea voyage, according to a 2015 article on vehicle motion and animal welfare.

By Sean Boztas
Dutch News
Oct 5, 2017

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The world’s first floating farm, to be built in Rotterdam, has recruited two dairy farmers and a herd. Albert Boersen and Myrthe Brabander will be the faces of an experimental Floating Farm and their Montbéliarde cows its moos.

The AD reports on Thursday that the grass is already growing for Dutch floating projects developer Beladon, which plans to build a 1,000 square meter floating platform on the harbour. The aim is to produce 800 litres of milk a day and, potentially, yogurt or Comté-style cheese.

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October 12, 2017   No Comments

Venezuela’s government tries to sell its hungry citizens on the nutritional benefits of rabbit

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Lapping up lapin – Venezuela’s war on cuteness

The Economist
Sept 21, 2017

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But the hutch-based solution that Mr Maduro has hatched has run into a hitch, as Mr Bernal discovered when he visited the beneficiaries. “People were naming the rabbits and taking them to bed,” he told Mr Maduro in a cabinet meeting broadcast on state television. Some had put bows on them, Mr Bernal complained. “People must understand that a rabbit is not a pet, but two-and-a-half kilos of meat with high protein and low cholesterol.” Re-educating them is not easy. “We’ve been taught that rabbits are cute,” Mr Bernal lamented.

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September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Venezuela’s government tries to sell its hungry citizens on the nutritional benefits of rabbit

South Africa: Urban pig co-operative needs land to stay in business in Port Elizabeth

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About 15 Motherwell residents have formed a co-operative to farm pigs. (Photo: Joseph Chirume, GroundUp)

“We formed this cooperative in 2016 after discovering that urban residents, especially those living in townships, were struggling to get pork.

By Joseph Chirume
News 24
Sept 13, 2017

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Mzimkhulu Ngece, 51, reiterates Nolutshungu’s point: “We need a better place to secure our pigs and equipment. We have many piglets that do not have a safe place to stay. They end up roaming the streets. Some are knocked down by cars. We also want to secure the structures to protect them from criminals. This would help us live peacefully with some residents who don’t want pigs near their houses.”

He says they are fortunate to have a communal water tap close to their pig shelters. “We use containers to fetch water and supply the pigs. However, the metro is experiencing a dry period with little water left in our dams. We would prefer to have a huge water tank to harness rain water as a way of saving municipal water.”

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September 22, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Urban pig co-operative needs land to stay in business in Port Elizabeth

Venezuela’s ‘Plan Rabbit’ encounters ‘cultural problem’

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President Maduro said Plan Rabbit had encountered early setbacks.

The leader did say that the “rabbit plan” had not got off to a good start and the minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal, said there had been a “cultural problem”.

BBC
Spet 14, 2017

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“When he came back, to his surprise he found people had put little bows on their rabbits and were keeping them as pets, it was an early setback to Plan Rabbit.”

“A lot of people gave names to the rabbits, they took them to bed,” Mr Bernal said.

The minister urged Venezuelans to start seeing rabbits “from the point of view of the economic war”.

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September 14, 2017   Comments Off on Venezuela’s ‘Plan Rabbit’ encounters ‘cultural problem’

Toledo, Ohio: Glass City Goat Gals show how to pave the way for urban farming

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Rudi Petruziello, 6, of Columbus, feeds a few of the goats Saturday during a tour of Glass City Goat Gals, which is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Ms. Harris has nine goats on the land, and rents them out for grazing

By Jay Skebba
The Blade
Sept. 2, 2017

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Ms. Harris has spent seven years transforming an area that once consisted of 15 abandoned homes — before the Lucas County Land Bank tore them down — into an urban farm on Mentor Drive promoting wellness, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability.

Ms. Harris bought several plots of land for $100 each.

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September 9, 2017   Comments Off on Toledo, Ohio: Glass City Goat Gals show how to pave the way for urban farming

Holistic Goat Care

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A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Healthy Animals, Preventing Common Ailments, and Troubleshooting Problems

By Gianaclis Caldwell
Chelsea Green Publishing
June 07, 2017

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Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.

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August 29, 2017   Comments Off on Holistic Goat Care

UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

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Six rare breed sheep have been chauffeured in for a daily shift of munching.

Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London’s Green Park

By Margaret Evans
CBC News
Aug 25, 2017

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There’ve been some unusual visitors to the royal postal code in London over the past week — a crack team of modern choppers brought in to help trim some troublesome patches of meadow in Green Park, just opposite Buckingham Palace.

“These are London sheep, these are,” Davis says. “Born and bred in the East End.” Davis said he’s proud to be re-introducing agriculture to the city.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

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

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   Comments Off on Urban Livestock: A homesteading guide for Chicago parents

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   Comments Off on Caring for urban farm animals in extreme heat in Portland, Oregon

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