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Goats Clean Up Parks and Educate Communities on Urban Farming

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Due to their unique digestive systems, goats are able to consume invasive weeds without redistributing any of the seeds in their excrement.

By Aine Creedon
Non Profit Quatrely
Jun 16, 2017

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Amy Weaver, owner of Five Fridges Farm, says the most surprising outcome of the project has been the community support that has erupted. Over the past few years, the goats have become a big hit with local residents, which flock to visit the hard workers cleaning up their parks.

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June 22, 2017   No Comments

Goat Yoga at a Detroit Urban Farm

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Claire Dossin of Kalamazoo does yoga as her new friends Butterscotch and Copper, kids that are 1 1/2 month-old, rest on her yoga mat during a Goat Yoga class.

People come in with a straight face and leave grinning ear-to-ear,” says Pingree Farms manager Holly Glomski of Detroit. “What’s really interesting is the therapeutic benefit of the animals.”

By Ashley Zlatopolsky
Detroit Free Press
May 12, 2017

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In Detroit, though, goat yoga is not only a hilariously good time, but a way to improve the surrounding community. All proceeds from goat yoga classes go toward efforts such as turning blighted or vacant land into urban food oases. Pingree Farms, which is a nonprofit group, aims to revitalize or impact neighborhoods and educate youths through urban agriculture.

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May 13, 2017   Comments Off on Goat Yoga at a Detroit Urban Farm

Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

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Dr. Diana Nsubuga calls on educated people not to shy away from farming and to embrace it for the numerous benefits it has.

NTV
May 11, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The cow that was originally given as a wedding gift to Dr Diana Nambatya Nsubuga seven years ago, has turned out to be a game changer. The cow was the beginning of an experiment in urban farming that has changed Nsubuga’s life

Nsubuga, a trained doctor and public health professional, lives in Tuba Zone in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala. The neighbourhood is in an urban setting which many would not consider conducive for farming.

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May 11, 2017   Comments Off on Uganda: Diana Nsubuga utilizes limited city space for efficient urban farming in the Kulambiro suburb of Kampala

Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

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Robin Friesen (left) and partner Jordan Maynard on their Vancouver farm. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG

“I didn’t take (the bylaw officer) seriously. This is Agricultural Land Reserve land. I told him to go back and read the laws.”

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
April 9, 2017

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But what Friesen and her partner Jordan Maynard didn’t know was that although their little piece of top-quality farmland in Vancouver’s Southlands neighbourhood is technically in the ALR, it is also subject to a condition that affects no other farmland in B.C.

According to the both the City of Vancouver and the Agricultural Land Commission, the ALR land in Southlands is governed by city bylaws on such things as noise, smell and the number of chickens a farmer can keep, rather than the provincial Right to Farm Act that normally governs ALR land. The provincial legislation allows farmers to keep livestock and tend crops that might irritate neighbours in an urban setting.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

California: ‘Jewish Animal Liberationists’ Protest Kosher Slaughter At Urban Farm — Again

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“We know the love and peace of this farm, but we also know that peace does not happen if it does not extend to animals,” he said.

By Daniella Cheslow
Fast Forward
March 14, 2017

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Activists calling themselves “Jewish Animal Liberationists” wore funereal clothes and infiltrated a Purim party at a Berkeley Jewish farm to protest their killing of chickens.

“We are concerned about the violence against animals on this farm,” said Zach Groff, as he held a sign reading “I wanted to live,” in Hebrew.

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March 20, 2017   Comments Off on California: ‘Jewish Animal Liberationists’ Protest Kosher Slaughter At Urban Farm — Again

Eustis, Florida City Commission Goes Against Backyard Chickens

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Judson Middens, with Florida Urban Agriculture, brought his chicken, Millie, to a city meeting to try to convince commissioners to allow Eustis residents to keep chickens as pets. Photo by By Roxanne Brown.

“So these guys, they’re not the monster everybody’s thinking. They’re clean, they’re friendly and, yes, they are pets.”

By Roxanne Brown
Daily Commercial
Feb 17, 2017

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Giddens said he understands people are concerned about smells and noises but said only commercial farming causes that, not the five chickens-per-household people in Eustis want.

“This is not new. It’s making a comeback. It’s part of sustainability,” he said. “People that have backyard chickens, they compost, they garden, they prepare for their community and what you do is facilitate a positive attitude in your citizenship.

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February 24, 2017   Comments Off on Eustis, Florida City Commission Goes Against Backyard Chickens

Denver: ‘The Urban Farm’ rebuilds pens after 13 animals killed by stray dogs

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“The sadness of the loss has been tempered by the generosity of the community,” Marrs said.

By Macradee Aegerter
Fox 31, Denver
Feb 4, 2017

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Thanks to nearly $9,000 in donations, volunteers worked to dismantle the old and unsafe pens, making way for new, higher poles and fences.

“These poles are being taken out. I’m sorry that they are going. They are like my favorite poles,” said Felicia Diamond, a board member for The Urban Farm.

“The purpose is, hopefully the eight-foot fence just to make it a lot tougher for animals to get in,” said Marrs.

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February 9, 2017   Comments Off on Denver: ‘The Urban Farm’ rebuilds pens after 13 animals killed by stray dogs

Los Angeles family is creating a zero-waste homestead with goats, chickens and bees

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Choi Chatterjee spend time in her Altadena backyard.

She often gives neighbours fresh eggs and seeds. When the couple harvested 16 gallons of honey, they gave 10 gallons of it away.

By Lisa Boone
Los Angeles Times
Jan 19, 2017

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Their home’s transformation to urban homestead was pragmatic. When the couple wanted more compost to grow vegetables — squash, eggplant, tomatoes, collard greens and beets, among them — they added chickens to their backyard landscape.

When that didn’t generate enough compost, they added rabbits and two goats, Daisy and Blueberry, whom they initially bottle-fed.

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January 27, 2017   Comments Off on Los Angeles family is creating a zero-waste homestead with goats, chickens and bees

11 goats, sheep and rabbits killed at urban farm in Denver

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It appears that the rabbit hutch was torn open by the dogs. The dogs are in custody of Denver Animal Control.

By Tom Mcghee
The Denver Post
Jan 22, 2017

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The state veterinarian responded to the slaughter on Smith Road. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

At a news conference, John White, Denver police spokesman, said it wasn’t clear how the two rabbits and nine sheep and goats died.

“It’s clear that the deaths are not natural, and the fact that two stray animals were found here has to be taken under consideration,” White said. “Clearly someone or something got into the pens.

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January 23, 2017   Comments Off on 11 goats, sheep and rabbits killed at urban farm in Denver

Councils versus Chicken Owners in West Virginia

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chiwarsEmilee Ryan’s chicken saga made front page news in her home town.

“I don’t want to get rid of my pets,” she said. “Everyone with a pet understands they’re part of the family. I know it sounds absurd to get that attached to a chicken. But what can I say? They’re my babies.”

By Brad McElhinny
Metro News West Virginia
November 25, 2016 at

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Emilee, 18, found herself called before her town council earlier this fall.

“The town is trying to take them away from me. It hurts that the town is trying to take away my pets,” Emilee said as the news hit the local Mineral Daily News Tribune. “I want to love them. They’re my babies.”

But she had broken the law in Ridgeley, a town of about 675 people — specifically, Ordinance No. 530 “Animals and Fowl Generally,” and its subsection “530-1. Keeping Livestock.”

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November 29, 2016   Comments Off on Councils versus Chicken Owners in West Virginia

Urban farming nonprofit vandalized by animal-rights activists over slaughtering of 3 pigs in Missoula

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The Garden City headquarters was vandalized when someone spray-painted “Murderers” in bright red letters and signed it “AFL”, an apparent reference to the Animal Liberation Front.

Much of the meat goes to the Missoula Food Bank, Zosel explained, and some of it is sold elsewhere.

By David Erickson
Missourian
Oct 24, 2016

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Though nobody has been arrested in connection with the vandalism, it appears to have been a protest of the butchering of three hogs for educational purposes. The nonprofit Garden City Harvest operates a youth education program at its PEAS Farm in the Rattlesnake, and three to five pigs are raised every year. Kids in every grade level are allowed to see and touch the animals as part of a curriculum that aims to give them insight into their local food system.

“We see 2,500 school kids a year as well as adults and college students,” said GCH executive director Jean Zosel. “Having the pigs on the site, they can see where meat comes from. Some kids think meat comes from Albertsons. That’s part of our farm-to-school work, is helping people learn where their meat comes from.

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October 31, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming nonprofit vandalized by animal-rights activists over slaughtering of 3 pigs in Missoula

Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the city

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Salome Gitau poses next to one of her dairy cows in her farm in Githurai, Nairobi, where she and her husband Stanley Gitau, who is also a tour driver keep dairy cows and goats. Photo | Anna Jones | Nation Media Group

At peak production, their best cow produces 36 litres of milk per day and the Gitaus believe diet is the secret.

By Anna Jones
Daily Nation
Oct. 15 2016

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“We milk the cows three times a day, yielding at least 60 litres per session at the peak, which we sell at Sh60 a litre,” said Salome.

Neighbours and residents queue up with their containers to buy milk fresh from the cow. Often still warm, it’s filtered from a churn directly into the customer’s bottle.

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October 25, 2016   Comments Off on Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the city

Detroit Urban Farmer Bought Two 5-Foot-Tall Emus To Protect His Chickens

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Two 5-feet-tall baby emus protect the chicken coop from stray dogs, which killed 50 chickens in the summer of 2015. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

Food Field, near Detroit’s Boston Edison neighborhood, has overcome one obstacle after another to become one of the most unique examples of the city’s resilient urban agriculture movement

By Greg Wickliffe
Live
Oct 8, 2016

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Stray dogs in 2015 entered the hen house and killed all 50 of Link’s chickens and turkeys.

“It was just a blood bath,” Link said.

To minimize the risk of another chicken massacre, Link purchased two 5-foot-tall emus from a woman who raises the birds in Okemos.

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October 14, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit Urban Farmer Bought Two 5-Foot-Tall Emus To Protect His Chickens

Ducks Control Slugs and Snails at a South African Vineyard

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Duck farmer Denzel Metthys manages over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks who are used as a natural form of pest control on the Vergenoegd Winery.

Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch

This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The ducks are also a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification.

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October 12, 2016   Comments Off on Ducks Control Slugs and Snails at a South African Vineyard

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