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Urban Farming in the News

A couple of generations ago, having Chickens was a key part of your family’s health and food security. However, in recent generations, many cities have enacted bylaws to prevent chickens or other farm animals from being raised in an Urban or Suburban area.

This article from today’s Toronto Star….

Toronto bylaws forbid keeping poultry, for health reasons. On the other hand, pigeons raised for sport are allowed, provided they rest, roost or perch only on their owner’s property.

Oddly, by raising a few chickens in the city, Alice is in step with a do-it-yourself food movement that is thriving in cities like New York, Portland, Chicago and Seattle. It’s legal to keep chickens in those cities and dozens more in the United States.

TheStar.com | GTA | Poultry in motion: Chickens adopting urban lifestyle

The gentrification that leads to banning farm animals is finally being reversed in many cities, we’re waiting for it to happen even in Rural Canadian Cities. For all the talk of a 100 mile diet, not much is being done to promote local food security from a provincial stand point, (see the BC meat regulations). At a local level – for those who want to try Urban Farming, if it’s not permitted by your City’s bylaws, try petitioning council to remove or amend the bylaw to allow chickens and miniature goats as a starting point.

Check out this video from the Wall Street Journal – there’s also an article to go with it here.

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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.

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