Just to let my regular readers know, I haven’t forgotten about the issue of Urban Hens in Castlegar. For today’s post, I’d like to share this video from El Cerrito, California that shows some great examples of community¬†building¬†around a family’s chickens.

Castlegar City council has chosen to not pursue the issue, instead relying on the Community Sustainability Planning Process, which itself has been moving slower than expected! Should this be raised again as an issue for council to consider?

Video via: Urban Chickens

Published by 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.

One reply on “I Have Not Forgotten the Hens”

  1. Glad to read that ‘chickens’ are not being ‘written off’ as ‘dead ducks’ in the ‘hearts and minds’ of Castlegar.

    In these challenging times, I believe that we, as a Community, need to continue to raise all of the concerns of the day, especailly Food Security, and examine each issue through the “lense” of Sustainability.

    Thanks to Mike for providing THIS Forum as one vehicle for that examination & discussion.

    From a pragmatic, political point of view, it seems to me that the major challenge facing City Council at this time, is the effort to arrive at a 2010 Budget.

    No doubt, Council will shortly be publishing their proposed schedule of Budget Consultation meetings.

    There are some VERY serious choices to be made about service levels and taxes.

    I would encourage everyone in Castlegar to give some very serious thought to what our Community Priorities are… in terms of dollars and cents… where money should be spent and, of course, who is going to pay how much for the services we want for our Community?

    Yes ‘chickens’ are important, but faced with some enormously difficult trade-offs to be determined in a relatively short period of time … there may be ‘bigger fish to fry’ at City Hall right now. ( Mike, handles metaphor much better than I.)

    Let’s be prepared to offer City Council the full benefit of our feelings, experience, and support.

    Now, perhaps more than ever before, everyone need to get involved to help Council through this most ‘challenging’ of processes.

    Raymond Koehler
    619 – 9th Avenue,
    Castlegar BC V1N 1M5


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