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Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is 30 years old

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goerdScottish MP Willie Rennie visits Gorgie City Farm. Picture: TSPL

170,000 people visit ever year because Gorgie City Farm is simply a great day out.

By Stephen Jardine
The Scotman
June 10, 2016

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What is perhaps most valuable is the connection it provides to life outside the city. Last year a survey of 1,000 primary schoolchildren for the food and farming campaign group Leaf showed one in three couldn’t identify the sounds made by cows and sheep and one in five didn’t know bacon came from pigs.

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June 16, 2016   No Comments

The World’s First Floating Urban Dairy Farm Will Be Built In Rotterdam

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Cities will never become self-sustaining local food hubs without cheese.

By Adele Peters
Fast Co-Exist
06.01.16

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The new Floating Farm, which is expected to be completed in January 2017, will grow food for the cows on board. Over the last nine months, the designers have been working with a local university and Philips, the lighting manufacturer, to test different seeds and LED lights to grow the most grass possible. In an experiment, they produced about 15% of the food the cows will eat, and plan to get to 20%. To grow the same amount on land would take 30 to 50 times more space; modern vertical farming technology shrinks the area needed.

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June 9, 2016   Comments Off on The World’s First Floating Urban Dairy Farm Will Be Built In Rotterdam

You can now rent chickens in British Columbia

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“I’ve already booked all my rentals for 2016,” said Fraser. “There’s a wait list. We sold out by February and people just started getting their orders.”

Vancouver Sun
May 12, 2016

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“Renting is the way to try it out without committing to buying and building your own coop and raising your own chicks, and finding out they are actually roosters instead of hens,” said Fraser. who lives in Saanich, a suburb of Victoria. “It’s a way for you and your family to try out chickens. They are fun to have around.”

Rent The Chicken comes with two or four egg-laying hens, a mobile coop, food and water dishes, and a food supply, including dried meal worms, which chickens apparently love.

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May 20, 2016   Comments Off on You can now rent chickens in British Columbia

The Cricket Reactor

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An alternative approach to urban agriculture where city bio-wastes are used to farm algae and fungi, which are in turn fed to insects. In turn, the crickets are processed into an edible flour

by Christine Leu
Canadian Architect
Apr 18, 2016

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Jakub Dzamba, a University of Toronto graduate and Ph.D. candidate designed the Reactor. It consists of a series of interconnected, clear chambers from which crickets may feed and grow. The Reactor is well-sealed to prevent the escape of the wayward cricket into our world.

The architectural language of the Reactor could be described as “antfarm-Modernist.” A large, clear, central atrium with detachable clear pods at the sides to accommodate a variety of programmes, or in this case, different bio-wastes. The density of the insects per square inch is evocative of urban living, and reminiscent of maximizing return on investment for repeating condominium units in the sky.

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April 21, 2016   Comments Off on The Cricket Reactor

Canada: Ottawa’s urban farmers cross the fowl line, as hobby comes home to roost

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outlKeeping backyard chickens is against the law in Canada’s capital city. Photo by Bruce Deachman.

McGregor thinks the city should amend By-law 2003-77 to allow backyard hens, joining Vancouver, Victoria, Kingston, Red Deer, Montreal, Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, Cornerbrook, Brampton, Guelph and numerous other Canadian municipalities that permit backyard chickens.

By Bruce Deachman
Ottawa Citizen
Apr 16, 2016

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She first got the idea more than a decade ago when she and her husband toured an off-the-grid house where the owners kept chickens. “They were all what I’d call funky chickens — heritage breeds — and after that I decided I wanted chickens.”

They made the leap four years ago, when they attended a bird auction and paid about $20 each for two hens: a Barred Rock and a Polish hen — Polly — the latter most notable for its showy crest of feathers.

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April 20, 2016   Comments Off on Canada: Ottawa’s urban farmers cross the fowl line, as hobby comes home to roost

Jamaican City Farmers

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Majesty Gardens backyard farmers Shana-Kay Armstrong, Anthony Bailey (centre) and Lornell Smith show some of the chickens from their farm.

Farming has typically been associated with the rural areas of Jamaica, but three young people have laid this stereotype to rest as they run a thriving livestock farm within one of the Kingston metropolitan area’s toughest communities.

By Javene Skyers
Jamaica Observer
March 29, 2016

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Majesty Gardens residents Shana-Kay Armstrong, Anthony Bailey, and Lornell Smith raise goats, pigs and chickens in their backyard, which serves as their main form of employment.

“Wi jus deh ya siddung an’ a reason one day and wi say, ‘yu know say nuhbody nah raise nuh chicken in the area; yu know wi can do a business out of it’. A suh comes wi just say wi a go line up some funds and go inna it,” 21-year-old Bailey said of the joint effort.

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April 2, 2016   Comments Off on Jamaican City Farmers

One Hen

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A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo’s farm grows to become the largest in the region.

Written by Katie Smith Milway
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kid Can Press
2008

Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.

After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen.

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April 1, 2016   Comments Off on One Hen

Kingman, Arizona votes to open gate to more urban agriculture

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Council OKs code change to allow more chickens per lot

By Doug McMurdo
Daily Miner
Mar 18, 2016

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The City Council on Tuesday in a split vote modified one section of the animal ordinance and added another.

In doing so, families living on lots smaller than 20,000 square feet – a little less than half an acre – can now have one chicken or related bird for every 1,000 square feet of lot size, for a total limit of 36.

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March 25, 2016   Comments Off on Kingman, Arizona votes to open gate to more urban agriculture

Pingree Urban Farm Celebrates Birth of Quadruplet Lambs in Detroit

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4kidsClick on image for larger file. The Pingree quadruplets with their “mom,” farm manager Holly Glomski. Video here.

Naming Contest:
Skyline Lambs (Whitney, Penobscot, Book, Fisher)
Lake Lambs (Michigan, Superior, Erie, Huron)
Dream Cruise Lambs (Woodward, Grand River, Gratiot, Jefferson)
Mayor Lambs (Pingree, Young, Duggan, Bing)
Ink Spots (Billy, Deek, Charlie, Hoppie)
Motown Gang (Diana, Martha, Aretha, Stevie)
Pingree Gang (Omira, Grixdale, 7 Mile, Robinwood)
Spring Lambs (Sweet Pea, Marigold, Sunflower, Clover)

Detroit, Michigan
(PRWEB)
March 23, 2016

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Pingree Farms is proud to announce the birth of quadruplets. A Columbia ewe gave birth to four lambs on March 6th, arriving over a three hour period starting at 3 a.m.

The birth of quadruplet lambs is rare. Only one in five-hundred births of this breed are quadruplets, and only in one in one-thousand births do all four survive. New farm manager Holly Glomski explains, “This is a very rare experience in agriculture for this particular breed of sheep. Typically they give birth to twins. Quads is really an overachievement.”

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March 24, 2016   Comments Off on Pingree Urban Farm Celebrates Birth of Quadruplet Lambs in Detroit

Neighbours won’t get to henpeck Edmonton, Alberta chicken owners after all

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edchickMargaret Fisher holding one of her Orpington hens. By Ed Kaiser

Hen owners planning a coop d’état can stand down.

By Elise Stolte
Edmonton Journal
March 4, 2016

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Edmonton’s new urban agriculture zones have had a few people scratching their heads recently, but if city staff have their way, the new rules for hen owners will require a development permit, but won’t allow neighbours to appeal the permit to the subdivision and development appeal board.

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March 12, 2016   Comments Off on Neighbours won’t get to henpeck Edmonton, Alberta chicken owners after all

Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular in Metro Vancouver, BC

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chik2 Click here to watch the video. Jaydeen Williams keeps chickens — Hennifer Grey (Blue Orpington) and Lambchop (Wheaton Ameracana) — in her backyard in East Vancouver. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG

When Vancouver city councillors OK’d backyard chickens in 2010, just 13 people stepped forward to register hens. At least 220 other residents have since taken up the hobby, and with new registrations coming in at a record-breaking pace.

By Matthew Robinson
Vancouver Sun
March 6, 2016

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Many jurisdictions around the province allow backyard chickens, including the City of North Vancouver, New Westminster, Squamish, Victoria and a handful of other Vancouver Island municipalities.

Their ranks could soon swell with West Vancouver councillors scheduled to hear residents’ thoughts Monday on a policy that would permit up to six chickens per lot in the district. Surrey councillors are slated to debate their own policy this spring.

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March 7, 2016   Comments Off on Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular in Metro Vancouver, BC

My Dog’s a Chicken

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The girl decides that one of the many chickens roaming their yard could make a suitable dog—especially the black-and-white speckled hen who struts around like she owns the place.

By Susan McElroy Montanari and Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade
Feb 2016

Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog.

Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed.

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March 3, 2016   Comments Off on My Dog’s a Chicken

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

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