Archive for the ‘Laws’ Category

A blow to urban and suburban agriculture in Michigan


At a special meeting Monday,  the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development removed Right to Farm protection for farm animals raised in neighborhoods with more than 13 homes within 1/8 of a mile of the animals, or with any home within 250 feet of the proposed facility….

The Right to Farm Act was created in 1981 to protect farmers from the complaints of people from the city who moved to the country and then attempted to make it more urban with anti-farming ordinances. These new changes will affect residents of rural Michigan too. Shady Grove Farm in Gwinn, Michigan is on six and a half acres and homes 150 egg-laying hens that provide eggs to a local co-op and a local restaurant. This small Michigan farm also homes sheep for wool and a few turkeys and meat chickens to provide fresh healthy, local poultry.

Read more about this change here and here.

 

Michigan Deals a Blow to Small-Scale Farmers


It’s hard to believe a basic right such as the ability to grow you own food and choose what you eat would be taken away by the government, but that’s apparently what has happened in Michigan.

Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1235774/michigan-loses-right-to-farm-this-week-a-farewell-to-backyard-chickens-and-beekeepers/#i1AK46CdkMJT3hv4.99

Where are we headed next?

 

 

Chickens in Homewood, IL


On April 13, 2014 the Homewood Village Board decided to draft an ordinance to allow chicken keeping.

Home to Roost will be supporting the Homewood chicken keepers with classes. Watch the blog for more info.

Aurora, CO*, approves chickens!


Congrats to Aurora, Colorado*, for moving forward with a chicken-keeping ordinance!

Aurora City Council voted 6 to 4 in approval of the measure.  Ward IV Councilwoman Molly Markert and Ward V Council Member Bob Roth voted against it, citing their wards’ opposition to backyard chickens, along with At-Large Councilman Pierce and Ward VI Councilman Bob Broom. – See more at: http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/city-council-chickens-feb-24/#sthash.Rb4sLuuV.dpuf

*We had initially reported this as Aurora, Illinois. However, this is Aurora, Colorado – no less deserving of congratulations!

 

Home to Roost Owner Joins the Board of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance


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I recently attended my first board meeting for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA). The Alliance seeks to promote local food and connect local farmers with restaurants and institutions that can use their products. The ISA also serves as a lobbying group in Springfield.

It was great to be part of a group of like-minded individuals, trying to make a difference for small-scale farms.

Mission: Illinois Stewardship Alliance promotes environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just, local food systems through policy development, advocacy, and education.

Vision: We envision a system where soils are treated as a precious resource, local food producers earn a fair, living wage, local food education is integrated into all levels of education, infrastructure is rebuilt to accommodate local food systems and good food is available for all.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA) is a membership-based organization. If you are local food producer, concerned citizen or food-systems related organization, we invite you to join us! Alliance members span the state and have one thing in common: they all care about the food that is produced and consumed in Illinois and want to support the increase of fresh, local foods. Click here to find out how you can become part of the Alliance.

Donor Policy: Illinois Stewardship Alliance receives grant funding and donations from entities that have a mission that aligns with our basic tenets (see above)

Debunking Myths Around Urban Chickens


Check out this article by Patricia Foreman if you are interested in legalizing chickens in your town. She addresses the most common arguments against backyard birds in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner.

Want to see if your city allows chickens?


Many municipalities have their laws online. See if you can find your location’s legal code. You can also see if your town is included in this site’s database.