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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

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

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

Training 1000 People To Become Insect Farmers In The Capital City Of Kinshasa

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Farming Edible Insects And Promoting Entomophagy In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

FAO Brochure
2014

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Insects offer high protein, fat and micronutrients content. Market surveys show that insects are already part of traditional diets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and that local people would readily eat more if available. Caterpillars are the most consumed and preferred species in the country; an estimated 96 tonnes of caterpillars are supplied to the Kinshasa market annually.

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December 9, 2014   Comments Off

Twins who keep urban chickens score wins at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

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Matthew Patel, left, holds a Light Sussex, and twin brother Andrew holds a Red Dorking in the backyard of their Leaside home. They got into the backyard chicken business a few years back — and this year they exhibited 17 chickens at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair — scoring a number of wins. Photo by David Cooper.

Andrew and Matthew Patel have an unusual hobby – they are backyard chicken farmers

By: Vanessa Lu Business
Vancouver Sun
Nov 15 2014

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“It was the most amazing thing ever,” said Andrew, who has become an advocate for the underground chicken farming movement. “We didn’t expect to win anything,” added Matthew, in a fast-paced interview where the twins finish each other’s sentences.

They had been to the fair for the last few years, fascinated by the poultry competition, but decided this year was their last chance because they are planning to head off to university next fall.

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November 22, 2014   Comments Off

Backyard farming interest grows in Sparks, Nevada

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Sparks council will examine issue during city code overhaul next year

By Jen Simmons
Sparks Tribune
Nov 7, 2014

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“Would you want to live next to a neighbor who is raising chickens?” Mayberry asked. “That’s the question for many residents. I suspect the feathers, the noise, the discharge from chickens is not real sanitary. It’s the city’s job to do what it can to protect the integrity of the neighborhood and eliminate the nuisance. But if residents want to raise chickens, depending on where they live, they are free to contact their council member or the mayor.”

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November 18, 2014   Comments Off

Uganda: Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) boosts city farmers

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A farmer from Mutungo II parish, Nakkazi Hafiwa (left) receive chicks from the Chairperson of Nakawa Division Benjamin Kalumba (right). Looking on are two area LC5 councilors Emiri Babirye and Adam Kibuka. Photo/Ronnie Kijjambu.

A total of 614 farmers in Makindye and Nakawa division have been supported with 50,000 Chicks and start up feeds to boost their household incomes.

By Juliet Waiswa
New Vision
Nov 3, 2014

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Launching the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Programme first batch of birds in Kampala, Musisi told the Farmer Forum Groups that she will endeavor to request government to increase NAADS funding to urban farmers saying that the programmes have registered success.

This is the first group of farmers to benefit in this first quarter as farmers in Kampala.

Over 1,188 farmers in Kampala will benefitted from NAADS in this first quarter.

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November 11, 2014   Comments Off

Detroit couple’s farm animals seized

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The couple and police have conflicting stories. But one thing is clear: it’s against the law to have chickens and goats at a home in Detroit.

Distraught Owner Of Goats, Chickens: ‘Detroit Police Pleaded With Animal Control, Ordered To Seize Family Pets’

Inquistr
Oct 23, 2014

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Wednesday morning, officers from the City of Detroit seized goats and chickens from a couple’s home on Detroit’s west side. The couple purchased their home in a Detroit neighborhood near Brightmoor for only $2,000 in May. The home is located across the street from a 14,000-acre park by the Rouge River. The low price is common for properties in the area because it is now so neglected that some of it is returning back to nature. David and Sky Brown said that they have no neighbors living nearby.

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October 24, 2014   Comments Off

Urban agriculture grows in Charleston, West Virginia backyards

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Sarah Saville, who lives on Lewis Street on Charleston’s East End, keeps chickens in her backyard. Photo by Bob Wojcieszak/Daily Mail.

Saville is one of a growing number of residents taking advantage of the city’s urban agriculture ordinance which allows for the raising of poultry, as well as bees.

By Matt Murphy
Charleston Daily Mail
Oct 12, 2014

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Charleston’s urban agriculture ordinance was likely the first in the state when it was passed in July 2013.

Among the highlights of the ordinance were gardens permitted in all zoning areas of the city, and that residents were allowed to keep hens and three beehives without city approval.

Charleston Neighborhood Planner Geoff Plagemann said almost immediately after the ordinance was passed, the planning department was flooded with calls of residents asking questions about the law — and how they could have their own chickens or bees.

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October 23, 2014   Comments Off

United Kingdom farm park attracts 100,000 visitors a year, with city dwellers learning about agriculture

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The thing about opening up your farm to the public, is that sometimes raising livestock isn’t as picture perfect as city dwellers think.

By Laura Poole
ABC Australia
Oct 3, 2014

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Farmers know that sometimes new born lambs will die.

Despite the home truths, lambing time at Cotswold Farm Park in England, is one of its most popular times for visitors to come through the gates.

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October 11, 2014   Comments Off

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop spreads enthusiasm for urban chicken farming

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Hundreds of bicyclists toured 29 mini-ranches showcasing black Australorps, silver-spangled Hamburgs, golden sex-link and other breeds, as well as gardens and beehives.

By Sharon Noguchi
San Jose Mercury
09/21/2014

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Vanderlip began the annual tour three years ago, patterning it after the Tour de Cluck in Davis. Coop tours have sprung up nationwide, as a way to inspire urban dwellers to take up chicken farming, and to promote healthy eating, sustainable farming and building community. “There’s not a better way to connect with your neighbors and community than coop tours,” Vanderlip said.

Indeed, many tourist-cyclists found inspiration in the gardens they visited.

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September 29, 2014   Comments Off

Grand Rapids women appeal city crackdown on backyard farm animals

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A pig named “Lord Bacon Dispenser the Third Duke of Hamelot” inside the “urban farm” behind Claire McGinn and Kendra Ritter’s Grand Rapids home on Coit Ave NE. The couple was cited for an odor violation and will appeal to the city next week. They have 10 chickens, five ducks, two bunnies, one turkey and one pig. Photo by Cory Morse.

Meet Spencer the pig

By Matt Vande Bunte
Mlive
September 05, 2014

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McGinn got ticketed this summer for violating city property maintenance code that prohibits livestock within 100 feet of any dwelling. She was also cited for “strong animal waste odor from the chickens, ducks and rabbit defecating in the yard,” according to the report of a city inspector.

McGinn appealed to the city’s Housing Board of Appeals, which started hearing the case last month and will reconvene 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the city’s Development Center, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW.

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September 18, 2014   Comments Off

Recording artist ‘Kimbra’ wrote and recorded at an Los Angeles urban farm

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Kimbra taking a selfie with Ramses, the leader of Goudsmit’s flock. Just after this pic, Ramses lost his temper and chased Kimbra around the property. Photo courtesy of Kimbra and Rosa Goudsmit.

Kimbra said in an interview on Consequence of Sound that after the 2013 Grammy Awards, she needed a place without “too much stimulus” to write her new album.

By Jared Sichel
Jewish Journal
Aug 21, 2014

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Kimbra said in an interview on Consequence of Sound that after the 2013 Grammy Awards, she needed a place without “too much stimulus” to write her new album. In Goudsmit’s words, Kimbra needed the laid back environment to “stomach the idea of living in L.A.”

Next thing, Goudsmit had a rising pop star in her house, writing and recording songs for her newest album, feeding her chickens, meditating and doing yoga in the backyard, and occasionally getting locked out of the house at night when Goudsmit forgot that her young housemate, unlike her, stayed awake past nightfall.

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August 28, 2014   Comments Off