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Urban Chickens – Gains are Modest, But Steady

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Touch the Soil News #328 The Vancouver, Canada metropolitan area is home to 2.5 million people. The various cities that make up the metropolitan area have been steadily busy with approving creating guidelines for urban chickens. At present, Vancouver proper allows a maximum of four (4) hens (no roosters) that are at least four months old. The eggs, meat and manure from these chickens cannot be used for commercial purposes. The city requires folks to register with the city before hosting backyard chickens. In 2010, when the city first passed the ordinance to allow chickens in the city, 13 people stepped forward to register hens. Today, around 220 people have…

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Urban Farms & Chickens – Changing Food One Law at a Time

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Touch the Soil News #236 Urban chicken farmers are passionate about what they do and what they want. While not grabbing national news, grassroots struggles to enable chickens in backyards have been unfolding in cities across the nation for a number of years. Small but steady changes, like the tide, can suddenly take us by surprise on how things have changed when we’re not looking. Painting by Dario de Regoyos. While an urban garden with chickens makes good art, increasing numbers of city folks think it makes for a good backyard. As we speak, the city of Encinitas, California is embroiled in updating its urban farming laws. Presently, the city…

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