The urban farmer’s almanac

October 31, 2008 at 7:59 pm Leave a comment

The urban farmer’s almanac: “But as the local food movement becomes more popular, city dwellers such as Chris and Cara are questioning the rules against urban farming. City chickens can give us eggs and, when the laying years are over, meat. Backyard goats can yield milk, meat and weed control; bees in rooftop hives can both feed us and help local flora; and fish in unused swimming pools or water filtration plants can give us a supply of lean protein.”

(Don’t forget you can do this on roofs and fences [for veggies like beans and tomatoes])

(Via The National Post.)

Vegetables and fruits are the big mainstay right now. Chickens and fish however are excellent protein sources to grow in the urban city – they’re easy to maintain (think of the Omlet UK’s Egloo)


Keeping a few hens in the garden can provide you with eggs all year round.

Tilapia fish are great for aquaponics – a combination of growing veggies and growing fish – using one to help the other grow. So far I’ve only heard of that being done in the US and elsewhere in the world in an environmentally sound and friendly way.


Backyard fish (okay, it was the best I could find just at the moment – you get the idea though right?)

The other ones like sheep and goats are going to be an uphill fight. You would think that, considering how far our technology has gotten wouldn’t mind adapting to the challenge of bringing fresher, better tasting, safer local food sources into the city, people would say, “Let’s do it!”

Alas: “If problems in the food system reach a more critical state, these risks may become worth it. But more limiting to the growth of animals in town are our own rules and attitudes. Right now, people with chickens, goats, pigs or sheep in their yards in Toronto can be fined $240 and up to $5,000 if the case goes to court. (It’s legal to keep as many as six rabbits in a house or yard. “I know someone who tried going into the rabbit business,” Booth says. “But in the end couldn’t bring themselves to whack the rabbits.“)”

“”Everyone just thinks inside the box and brings up barriers,” says Lee, whose fish farming and urban shepherding have met with resistance from city officials. A proposal to turn the Etobicoke Sewage Treatment Plant into a tilapia fish farm years ago went nowhere. And although Booth showed that weed control with goats was cheap and effective, the City of Prince George didn’t want to take over the flock when her research project was done.”


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