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Spokane: Grant to build network of experts on urban farms

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Janice Swagerty walks her goats Missy, Jenna and Lily through her north Spokane backyard, Sept. 1, 2016. Swagerty’s home in on a new urban farm tour. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Conservation District has received a $47,000 grant to build a network of skilled farmers to help others who want to raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep or small pigs.

By Mike Prager
Spokesman
Sept 7, 2016

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During a visit to Swagerty’s backyard farm in the 3400 block of West Longfellow Avenue, she talked about how a 10,500-square-foot lot with a small home and garage can be turned to greater food production.

The mainstay of her animal production is a momma goat named Missy who produces milk after giving birth to two kids. The milk is used at the home to make yogurt, cheese and pancakes, as well as help feed the young goats.

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September 12, 2016   Comments Off on Spokane: Grant to build network of experts on urban farms

Those pigs in Westminster: inside London’s most central urban farm

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Piglets, London born and bred. Photograph: Martin Godwin

Nestled between office blocks, on a patch of unimaginably valuable real estate directly across the river from Whitehall, live London’s most unlikely urbanites: lambs, chickens, sheep and a new brood of piglets. So how exactly do you run a farm in the shadow of Parliament?

By Peter Watts
The Guardian
Aug 4, 2016

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There’s something slightly surreal about Oasis Farm Waterloo, a tiny working farm wedged into a slender strip of land owned by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, who permit use pending redevelopment for the hospital. Overlooking the polytunnels, portable cabins and three animal sheds with pigs, sheep and chickens, are a pair of tower blocks, some office buildings and a bleak railway viaduct. Next door is a Victorian school containing artists’ studios.

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August 11, 2016   Comments Off on Those pigs in Westminster: inside London’s most central urban farm

Flock of sheep take over landscaping duties in Montreal park for the summer

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Montreal’s Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough introduced the six ewes and two lambs that will serve as environmentally-friendly lawnmowers for the next month as part of an urban agriculture pilot project

By Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press
JULY 9, 2016

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It won’t be all work, though: the sheep’s schedule over the next month also includes picnics and even yoga sessions with local residents, though Julien-Denis would not elaborate on what role the sheep would play. She also said there would be weekly strolls to other nearby parks.

The group running the project will also be holding educational workshops to teach Montrealers about cheese, wool, and urban agriculture, and to give them a small peek into where their food comes from.

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July 10, 2016   Comments Off on Flock of sheep take over landscaping duties in Montreal park for the summer

Raising Chickens in San Diego’s Urban Neighborhoods

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chlasRaising chickens in urban areas in San Diego is a trend that’s expected to last.

In San Diego, a coop must have at least six square feet of space for each chicken.

By May Tjoa
7 San Diego
July 3, 2016

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Mike Handford and his wife, Lisa, live in City Heights, a densely populated neighborhood in central San Diego.

They’ve been raising chickens for the last four years. Right now, they have four hens living in their approximately 500-square-foot yard. Mike said that’s plenty of space for the hens to roam around.

Each hen typically lays one egg per day and produces droppings with a lot of nutrients.

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July 10, 2016   Comments Off on Raising Chickens in San Diego’s Urban Neighborhoods

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   Comments Off on Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is 30 years old

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