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In Uganda, Dr. Jolly Kabirizi has converted a small piece of land into a gold mine

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Nutrition blocks help cows produce more milk. “I always make sure I offer the animals the best feeds in terms of quality and quantity,” Kabirizi says.

“Many people do not believe they can effectively rear five cows under zero grazing, feeding them on specially prepared grass.”

By Joshua Kato
New Vision
Mar 26, 2014

Excerpt:

It is difficult to believe there is a profi table agricultural enterprise inside this enclosed homestead in Seguku. The farm is located in an urban setting on less than 20 decimals of land. The same space is also occupied by nine houses, most of them for rent. Many people in urban areas have this kind of space, but regard it as useless. Not so for Dr. Jolly Kabirizi who has converted a small piece of land into a gold mine.

There are currently five cows at the backyard farm, all Friesians for milk production. Initially, Kabirizi was rearing over 20 goats. “I would have taken my cows to the village where I have bigger land. However, I wanted to live with and monitor their development,” she says.

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April 2, 2014   Comments Off

Spokane Council OKs Urban Farming

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Town Hens, 1995, by Lisa Graa Jensen. Click on image for larger file.

Restrictions on small livestock lifted

By David Wasson
The Spokesman-Review
Mar 25, 2014

Excerpt:

Growing, raising and selling your own food just got easier in Spokane.

City Council members agreed Monday to lift zoning restrictions on small livestock and allow unlicensed produce stands in residential neighborhoods, a move backers hope will encourage more urban farming and sustainable lifestyles.

“If you grow it on site, you can sell it on site,” said Council President Ben Stuckart, who led the push to draft the urban farming plan.

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March 26, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farming gets a boost as Aurora, Colorado council approves backyard chickens

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A backyard chicken coop in Highlands Ranch, Colorado in 2013. John Leyba, Denver Post.

Almost 100 residents packed council chambers, and everyone who spoke was in support of the ordinance to allow urban chickens.

By Megan Mitchell
Denver Post
Feb 25, 2014

Excerpt:

“A few years ago, I had four hens in my backyard,” Aurora resident John Dougherty said. “The eggs were vastly more delicious than store bought, we had almost zero backyard lawn pests, and mostly, my grandkids loved them.”

Other residents cited increased property value, a right to control where they get their own food, educational purposes, agricultural benefits and familial attachments as reasons why the ban should be lifted.

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March 7, 2014   Comments Off

Michigan: Changes could be on horizon for backyard farmers

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Backyard chicken coop. Photo by Josh Larios.

Excluding farms with fewer than 50 animals from Right to Farm protection

By Michigan Radio Newsroom
Jan 21, 2014

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Many small and urban farms could lose the protection of Michigan’s Right to Farm Act.

The Act protects farmers against nuisance lawsuits if they follow Michigan’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPS).

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January 30, 2014   Comments Off

Frown on the farm: meet five residents of Stepney City Farm London

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Gargle the goat.

Facing a lack of cash, Stepney City Farm has launched a crowd-funding campaign to try to stay open to the public.

Now Here This – London
January 14, 2014

Gargle the goat: ‘Gargle’s such a poser. He’s always hopping on to a log and posturing for visitors’ cameras. Makes him really, really popular. He’s stinky, though. He smells of goat’s cheese, but that’s just his lovely goaty hormones: they help him attract the ladies. During breeding season, you can smell it a couple of streets away. He looks like Rhys Ifans, you say? Yeah, he does a bit.’

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January 22, 2014   Comments Off

One-Woman Farm

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My Life Shared with Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Goats, and a Fine Fiddle

By Jenna Woginrich
Storey Publishing
2014

Jenna Woginrich’s inspiring journey from city cubicle to rural homestead has captivated readers of her blog and previous books. Now, in One-Woman Farm, Woginrich shares the joys, sorrows, trials, epiphanies, and blessings she discovers during a year on her own land, finding deep fulfillment in the practical tasks and timeless rituals of the agricultural life.

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January 16, 2014   Comments Off

Goats in London’s Southbank Centre

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Goats, specially brought in by Vauxhall City Farm for the day!

By Cadence Woodland
The Thrifty Homesteader
Dec 11, 2013

Excerpt:

London’s Southbank Centre is a cluster of buildings devoted to the arts, famous particularly for the music festivals and performances that go on in most of its five main buildings. Additionally there are shops, restaurants, cafes and open areas … including (I discovered!) a rooftop wildflower “meadow” atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The meadow is utterly open to the public. Just climb some stairs from the riverside walk and suddenly you’re in a secret garden in the very heart of Britain.

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December 29, 2013   Comments Off

To cluck or not to cluck? Urban hens in Oklahoma City

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The ordinances are due to be discussed by the Oklahoma City Council on December 17 and will come to a final vote on December 31.

By Christine Patton
Red Dirt Report
December 13, 2013

Excerpt:

OKLAHOMA CITY — “We grew the heck out of asparagus, sweet potatoes, broccoli, salad mixes – amazing carrots and beets – garlic, okra, and watermelon. If you can add eggs to that, you have a pretty healthy diet,” says Kat Goodwin Gant, describing her time coordinating the Chesapeake Employee Garden, which in four years grew nearly 5,000 pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries, and several times that much food for employees and their families in the 65 raised beds on the corporate campus in Oklahoma City.

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December 18, 2013   Comments Off

Chickens on Allotments – Grow Your Own Poultry Feed

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The biggest on-going cost in poultry keeping is the cost of feed, and this is also the biggest area of opportunity to save money.

The Poultry Guide
Ruleworks

Excerpt:

Fortunately at allotment gardens we can grow a diverse amount of poultry feed which means less dependence on purchasing poultry feed.

Green plants, fruit, seeds, earthworms, beetles, slugs and insects are all fresher and more nutritious for chickens than what you can buy in a bag. This will also encourage natural scratching behaviour as they search for food.

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December 6, 2013   Comments Off

St. Petersburg, Florida couple fight to keep their mini goat and sheep

Fiore plans to go to a council committee meeting next month that will include a discussion about urban farming.

By Kameel Stanley
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 27, 2013

Excerpt:

Winston Fiore and his girlfriend, Rachel Auer, haven’t mowed their lawn in months.

That’s a job for Shelby and Gabby.

Shelby, a miniature Shetland sheep, and Gabby, a Nigerian dwarf goat, love munching on grass. Their owners love not having to use a machine to manicure their lot. The neighbors — especially the neighborhood kids — are equally enamored of the miniature breeds.

The city codes department? Not so much.

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November 27, 2013   Comments Off

Gaza Urban Rabbit Raising Intervention

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A January 2013 evaluation found that two years after the initial support, 50% of rabbit kits that were distributed were still in operation.

Written by Elena Qleibo and Elena Bertola
Edited by Zalynn Peishi, Laura Phelps and Carol Brady
OXFAM 2010

Excerpts:

Rabbit Raising intervention

The rabbit raising intervention is funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and implemented by MA’AN Development Centre.
The rabbit raising intervention seeks to protect the livelihoods of unemployed people and to provide very poor households with increased consumption of protein or vitamin-rich food. This activity was implemented with the intention of increasing household consumption of fresh meat, and allowing beneficiaries to sell surplus rabbits to local markets at affordable prices. Rabbit rearing has been showed to be a sustainable and profitable intervention for small-scale household food production. The intervention was also expected to empower women, as household members recognise the economically productive role that women play. 286 Gazan households were involved.
The rabbit raising intervention was implemented as part of a twelve-month project starting in November 2009.

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November 15, 2013   Comments Off

Urban Rabbits – Lapping Up Lapin

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Michelle in her apartment. Photo by Barbara Cameron/Alison Page.

‘We set up shop in my dad’s backyard and had the meat ready to cook, with cleanup done, in under an hour.’

By Michelle Nelson
Edible Vancouver
Autumn 2013

Excerpt:

Uhhh . . . So What’s Up With Rabbitville?!” That’s what friends ask the minute I open the door to my urban one-bedroom downtown apartment and they come face to face with my oversized bunny condo – filled with shredded newspaper, branches, and weeds – that sits on the far side of my living room like a small forest in a box.

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November 2, 2013   Comments Off

Roof-Top Farming in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Dhaka roof farmer with his goats. “Dr.M.H.Rahman: I served the Dhaka community through my Veterinary Hospital. The Hospital is still open in my absence. I encouraged people to rear goats, pigeons, ducks and even Japanese quail on their roof-tops since these items have a big market value as there is a consumer preference for micro-livestock. The animal manure is also a source of fertilizer for pot nurseries in Dhaka where this has been the practice for some time.”

Roof-top farming in Dhaka city, where crops include goat, spinach, jute, lemon, guava and many other vegetables that are grown throughout the year.

By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon
All photos by Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman.

The Case for Building-Integrated Food chain in the inner city

Beyond energy cost, there are additional vulnerabilities in our conventional food-production system. Political crisis like hartal, natural calamities like too much rain, little rain and even flood in the north disrupts communication and in the long-term, reduction of flows water from the upstream will cause water shortages in Bangladesh and its primary vegetable-producing regions. These vulnerabilities are reviving interest in growing food locally (using available resources by the innovative Bangladeshis – once the bottomless basket), and even on the roof tops.

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October 21, 2013   Comments Off

Chicken owners are dressing their animals in hi visibility jackets to help them cross the road safely

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The bibs, costing £12 and available in pink or yellow, went on sale earlier this month.

Best dressed chicken in town: hens go hi-vis

By Jasper Copping
The Telegraph
19 Oct 2013

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It will not solve the riddle as to why the chicken crossed the road, but it might mean that the bird is more easily spotted when it does so.

After public officials, cyclists and schoolchildren, the nation’s pet chickens have become the latest group to succumb to Britain’s “high visibility” culture.

Owners are dressing their domestic flocks in new fluorescent bibs, which have been specially designed to keep the creatures seen in the autumn evenings.

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October 20, 2013   Comments Off

Seattle urban forager subsists on squirrel


A self-proclaimed urban foraging family in Seattle says it traps and eats squirrel as part of its diet.

“These squirrels lived a really happy life.”

About Melanie Vorass
Associated Press
Seattle – Jan 2012

“I consider myself an urban forager. I can get most of my vegetables either from my vegetable garden or from foraging weeds from around the neighborhood. I wouldn’t eat just any urban animal, I mean we have larger animals here. The reason I chose squirrel is number one they were a pest and wreaking havoc with our garden and our property. But number two I watched them for a good long while, like months, and studied what their dietary habits are and they have a very clean diet. So I am very comfortable with what the quality of the tissue is and they aren’t any contaminents in the tissue.

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October 9, 2013   Comments Off