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Australia: And then the pandemic came: A tale of two community gardens

Georgina Bathurst in the Bourke Street garden.James Brickwood.

The garden’s membership doubled to more than 50 during the pandemic

By Danielle Mahe
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2021

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Last year was meant to be the year when the Bourke Street Community Garden in Woolloomooloo could finally house the prized chickens for which the gardeners had been waiting for.

To mark the occasion, they had planned to hold a chicken festival, an open day to showcase the inner city garden with its new additions. It would be the first of the 23 community gardens in the City of Sydney council area to have livestock.

The chickens finally arrived in March. But so did COVID-19.

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January 17, 2021   No Comments

This Herd of Goats Recycles Christmas Trees in Chicago by Eating Them

Urban Growers Collective maintains a herd of 17 goats at its South Chicago farm. (Courtesy of Urban Growers Collective)

“Our youth also create products from what they grow — teas, dried herbs, herbal beauty scrubs, honey, and herb-infused cooking salts. We are hoping to add goat’s milk soap to this year’s entrepreneurial product offerings,” said Sims.

By Patty Wetli
WEEW
January 9, 2021

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For the past 6 or 7 years, the farm has accepted Christmas tree leftovers on behalf of the goats, but has never approached maxing out on the 15 to 20 trees the goats could stomach. (Staff parcels them out, a few branches at a time.) If folks are still looking to unload their tree, Sims said a drop-off can be scheduled at the farm, 9000 S. Mackinaw Ave., by emailing [email protected]

It’s a great way to get out of the house, experience the farm and meet the goats, who “love being the center of attention,” Sims said.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: Retired physician grows food and raises native chickens in her backyard

Darag chickens are usually grown in backyards, says Salacata. They are small and versatile that do not need to be highly maintained as they feed themselves with pasture.

By Vina Medenilla
Manila Bulletin
Dec 29, 2020

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In Bacolod, a garden sits in a backyard that used to be a garbage dump. The area was then unoccupied, not until when Anabel Villanueva-Salacata, a retired infectious disease doctor and owner of Twenty Six Herb Garden, decided to transform the lot into an edible garden. “You do not have to have a 2,000 or 3,000 sqm or a hectare of land,” she said, explaining that one can grow anything either in a driveway, area in your dirty kitchen, or a condo’s balcony. “Just have some small pots and choose the plants that you want to eat.”

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January 3, 2021   Comments Off on Philippines: Retired physician grows food and raises native chickens in her backyard

New Zealand: Residents report deer moving into urban areas, gardens take a hammering

According to the Department of Conservation’s website, seven species of deer have become established in the wild in New Zealand.

By Matthew Tso
Stuff
Dec 28 2020

Lower Hutt residents are giving up their vege patches as deer move in on urban areas.

Margaret Willard said the animals had become so bold she has not bothered replanting her silverbeet following a daring nighttime raid.

“I’ve given up on the vege garden. They came down the steps and ate the greens.”

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January 2, 2021   Comments Off on New Zealand: Residents report deer moving into urban areas, gardens take a hammering

The Small Goat Breed That’s a Star of Urban Farms

Courtesy Of Clare M. Staveley

Today, miniature goats can be kept in cities across the country, including Phoenix, Austin, Pittsburgh, and San Diego.

By Chris Malloy
Gastro Obscura
Nov 24, 2020

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Critically, Nigerians don’t need much space. “Because of their diminutive size, they really don’t need a whole lot of pasture like you would for a cow, and that’s why they’re so popular with hobby farmers,” says Ann Alecock, show chair of the Nigerian Dairy Goat Association. “They’re more of a browser than a grazer.”

In many cities, the opportunity to raise goats is new, and not just because the Nigerian Dwarf has become readily obtainable only in recent decades. Many cities have legalized goats within the last 10 or 15 years. In Seattle, a watershed moment came in 2007, with a victory notched by Jennie Grant, founder and president of the Goat Justice League.

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December 1, 2020   Comments Off on The Small Goat Breed That’s a Star of Urban Farms

Canada: Burnaby staff seeking approval to study backyard chicken regulations

The BC Centre for Disease Control estimates 12.7% of British Columbians don’t have adequate access to food.

By Dustin Godfrey
Burnaby Now
Nov 19, 2020

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“Food security is a very important issue, as we have seen interruptions in our food supply chain during the COVID pandemic. I believe our council has to take this very seriously and take a look at food security from all angles,” Keithley said in a May council meeting.

According to the staff report to the social planning committee, the BC Centre for Disease Control estimates 12.7% of British Columbians don’t have adequate access to food.

“This experience has become more acute as a result of the COVlD-19 pandemic. In Burnaby approximately 3,200 people a week are seeking support via the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and their community affiliates,” staff wrote in the report.

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November 24, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Burnaby staff seeking approval to study backyard chicken regulations

Follow the Flock – How Sheep Shaped Human Civilization

Forthcoming March 2, 2021

By Sally Coulthard
Pegasus Books
March 2, 2021

An addictively free-ranging survey of the massive impact that the humble and loveable sheep have had on human history.

From the plains of ancient Mesopotamia to the rolling hills of medieval England to the vast sheep farms of modern-day Australia, the domesticated ungulates of the genus Ovis—sheep—have been central to the human story.

Starting with our Neolithic ancestors’ first forays into sheep-rearing nearly 10,000 years ago, these remarkable animals have fed us, clothed us, changed our diet and languages, helped us to win wars, decorated our homes, and financed the conquest of large swathes of the earth. Enormous fortunes and new, society-changing industries have been made from the fleeces of sheep, and cities shaped by shepherds’ markets and meat trading.

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November 19, 2020   Comments Off on Follow the Flock – How Sheep Shaped Human Civilization