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Chickens and Goats Again

Reviewing the draft posts that I have sitting half-finished for this blog, I realized that there have been some great posts that were never completed for one reason or another. One of my tasks over the next couple of weeks will be to review these posts and see what can be done to complete them. Just a quick review showed four vignette drafts and four technical drafts that appear to be salvageable.

Is that a Canon? What kind of lens do you use?Meanwhile, in seems that over two years of work in Castlegar to get the community and council to realize the need for comprehensive food security planning has started to bear fruit. The Castlegar Source, a great online newspaper has posted an OpEd piece on local food security, with a focus on urban chickens, an issue I brought to council’s attention over three years ago.

Here’s an excerpt of the post:

When someone, years back, suggested that city council allow residents to raise goats and chickens in their back yards, I thought it was the dumbest damned thing I’d ever heard. We can’t even get pet owners to behave  responsibly, or fruit tree owners to act like grown-ups and stop attracting bears – and now these nincompoops want to add goats and chickens to the mix? Seriously?
Perhaps, I thought, they were growing more than just veggies in that little plot out back, in a misguided homage to our Nelson neighbours.
Turns out, they were right and I was, not just wrong, but grossly so.
and another…
Here’s the moral of my story: I was wrong to oppose urban animal husbandry. Any OCP that calls itself green and sustainable, any OCP that speaks of environmental stewardship without doing EVERYTHING possible to ensure local food production, not just for the sake of the environment, but to guarantee residents will be able to feed their families independent of what happens in the US or South America, falls short.
So I guess we have to ask ourselves what our priorities are, and if sustainability means anything to us at all. Will we say “no” to goats and chickens … and thus our claim to stewardship, not to mention the hope we may be able to feed ourselves if global systems collapse?
The upshot is simple.
The City of Castlegar is green … when it’s convenient.

Source: Eating Crow in Defense of Goats and Chickens – The City’s OCP Falls Short – Castlegar Source

We’re hoping that this article spurs some political discussion on the matter. Great work Kyra!

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.