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Old99Farm Market:  Pros and Cons re chickens in urban settings

The Hamilton public health staff report Keeping of Chickens in Urban Areas [PDF] is a good resource.

It lists the potential benefits:

  • educational opportunities (i.e. teaching children about where food, such as eggs comes from, and providing animal care experience);
  • greater control over egg source in order to know where the egg originated;
  • increased food security, although limited, when financially feasible to keep chickens;
  • the belief that global environmental sustainability begins with local initiatives such as backyard chickens;
  • a lessening to some extent of carbon emissions typically associated with transporting food such as eggs;
  • companionship for family members as chickens may be treated as a pet;
  • the belief that eggs will be fresher, taste better and will be pesticide free;
  • expected better conditions for hens in comparison to industrial farms; and,
  • possible reduction of municipal solid waste through consumption of table scraps and other organic waste by hens.

It also lists the risks/challenges, which it notes “could be mitigated by following good practices … through a regulatory tool such as an urban chick by-law or through amendments to the City’s Responsible Animal Ownership By-Law 12-031.”

  • problems with the number, age, and sex of chickens (how many to keep, abandonment of old chickens, and whether to include chicks or roosters);
  • food safety issues (egg safety, unlawful sale or distribution, potential for disease transmission);
  • chicken slaughter (illegal slaughter or lack of local chicken slaughterhouse locations);
  • chicken (hen) care and treatment (potential for disease transmission from sick hens);
  • chicken coop and design versus free range (risk of pests and predators and disease transmission); and,
  • chicken waste (i.e. methods of disposal, odours and how to not affect groundwater).

To mitigate these risks, public health recommends the following:

  • no sale or distribution of eggs to others outside of the household in order to comply with relevant Provincial/Federal legislation and to reduce the potential for food borne illnesses and other disease transmission;
  • limit the number of chickens to three to four per single family dwelling;
  • prohibit the keeping of roosters or any other poultry except chickens (hens);
  • prohibit chicks under four months of age;
  • the chicken coop shall be located to reduce noise and odour complaints and the risk of disease transmission. Distances are recommended to be at least 3 metres from any side lot line and at least 6 metres from any rear lot line or dwelling;
  • hen coops shall be maintained in a clean condition and coop shall be kept free from obnoxious odours, substances and vermin;
  • chicken coops and runs shall be located only in the rear and side yards and must fully enclose the chickens to prevent them from escaping;
  • prohibit owners from allowing chickens to be at large (outside the coop, chicken run, or off the property);
  • chickens’ food supply must be protected against vermin;
  • manure disposal should occur through municipal waste disposal unless a suitable method of composting is available;
  • no home slaughter of hens; only at licensed slaughterhouses;
  • any naturally deceased hen shall be disposed of at a livestock disposal facility or through the services of a veterinarian within 24 hrs of death; and,
  • a permit/registry be required for all coops for the purpose of quick tracking should the need arise to contact owners.

After researching other municipalities that allow hens – Guelph, Kingston, Niagara Falls, Quinte-West, Kamloops, Richmond and Surrey – public health summarized the rules those other municipalities follow: “all have by-laws which include requirements as to number of chickens allowed, location and size of coop, lot sizes and distance restrictions, etc.”

They also learned that those municipalities “receive few complaints; less than five per year each,” because most people don’t keep chickens, and those who do “abide by the regulations in order to be good neighbours and avoid complaints.”

Old99Farm Market:  Bane workshop full, Backyard Chickens voted down

We have a very interesting group of attendees for Peter Bane’s workshop presentation on Sunday. Peter will speak on “Designing Resilient Communities: How our Towns and Suburbs can Incubate the new Eco-Agriculture and Launch a Food Security Revolution”, building on his handbook. This is for people/families with a quarter-acre lot or a small farm, in the city, suburbs, or plans for same.

Already suggested is to have him back in the summer and organize a tour of all Transition Town projects in the province, consulting and teaching as he goes. You can get his book, 500 pgs of well crafted advice on starting up a ‘garden farm’ on your city lot (like he did in Bloomington IN) The Permaculture Handbook, Garden farming for town and country. see for more on contents.

Closer to home, our illustrious councillors voted against a pilot project in Wards 1 and 2 for backyard chickens. This was last monday. It will come to council for ratification (same people with different scope of duty and procedure) on Dec 12. You can raise a cry of disagreement, after all many cities allow backyard chickens without ill effects. A pilot project is just that: a test case to find out the facts.

Write to the city clerk at to have your letter appended to the agenda for the Dec 12 meeting. Write your councillor too.

Here is the letter I send, based on Ryan McGreal’s in

Do it soon.

Dear Mayor and Members of Council,

On December 4, 2012, the planning committee voted against a pilot project in wards 1 and 2 that would allow residents to keep a small number of backyard hens, even though the evidence does not support the objections that were raised.

Other municipalities that have legalized backyard hens have not experienced significant numbers of complaints.
  • Allowing backyard hens is not a ‘slippery slope’ to allowing cows, goats or other large farm animals.
  • Hens are no more harmful than cats or dogs from a public health perspective.
  • Hens are quieter than dogs, especially large dogs.

Quite simply, a bylaw that allows the responsible ownership of a small number of backyard hens poses no significant risk of harm. There is no good reason not to support this proposal – especially given that it is only a pilot for wards 1 and 2, and the councillors for those wards support it.

I ask council to reverse the decision of the planning committee and approve this pilot project. Then, if the negative outcomes that some councillors fear materialize, council will have a chance to evaluate the results of the pilot and decide accordingly.


Rivervalley.locallygrown:  Market is open Less Stutzman's Pantry

Melvin of Stutzmn’s Pantry informed us today that they will not be making any deliveries for this market period. They will be offering their full line of products the following week. Any of their products ordered between Dec. 14 and the 18th. will be available for pick-up on Friday the 21st. which will be the last market before Christmas!

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is OPEN!

We are opening a little early tonight because many of us (me included!) are downtown for Statesboro’s First Friday Christmas Celebration!

Enjoy shopping, and think of us when you are Christmas shopping! Lots of great gifts!

Vista Marketplace:  The new Market at Whaley

Join us at the Market at Whaley each Saturday from 10:00am- 2:00pm. This week’s brunch menu features Custom-made omelets by Mac’s on Main. That’s right, Chef Fatback is in the house! His famous Peach Cobbler is available too.
Several other vendors have brunch items such as quiche, muffins, breads and spreads, sweet rolls, cookies, coffee and tea. From produce and holiday decor to gift items, the vendors at the Market at Whaley are eagerly awaiting your arrival!
See you Saturday and bring your friends. Lots of new things to see


This week’s Locally Grown Gift Bazaar will be at our downtown location at Tire City Potters, 5pm-7pm.

Due to this year’s holiday calendar, the following market changes have been made:


On-line orders will be taken that week from Sunday, Dec 23 to Wed, Dec 26. Pick up will be at the AJCC only from 4pm-6pm.
John and Pat Curry, our local coffee roasters, are the first winners of the new Small Business, Big Wishes campaign from Intuit! Read all about their award (and plans for a new coffee bar in Augusta!) on their Facebook page.
This is Tim’s last week at our Downtown Market. Tim is headed to UGA to finish his undergraduate studies in Sports Management. Seth will finish up at our Riverwood Market next week. Seth is hunkering down in his studies at ASU, with a rigorous math class on Tuesday nights. We are ever so grateful for the tremendous responsibility and service these young men have provided Augusta Locally Grown and will miss them very, very much.
The Augusta Locally Grown Facebook page has enjoyed a joyous rebirth! (Thanks to Leslie of Luna Bug for nudging us into the 21st century.)  We deeply appreciate all your “likes,” your photos, and especially your enthusiastic kudos for our farmers’ food.

Yep! It’s real! A Brazilian friend and soil scientist clued me in!! And what a worthy celebration it was …on Dec 5.
When Loretta Adderson friended me on Facebook this week, her profile included one of my favorite locally grown photos ever! I’d seen it before, but it makes me smile every time. I mean, WHAT could be cooler than an organic-farmer-nutrition-activist-grandma and her John Deere? Kenny Chesney may SING about his sexy tractor, but in my book Loretta is the real deal.

McColloms Market:  Addition to Our Offerings

Lake Flour is offering rolls and baguettes this month. Nancy just activated these items so if you’d like some and have already placed an order, please place a second order for these baked goods. Sorry for the trouble. Thanks so much.


Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Welcome! The Market is Open

Greetings All:

The Market is now Open!

Notes and News

With the holidays just around the corner there are many things that we want to fit into our schedules. Most want to be sure they have some yummy homemade treats to offer family and friends. Perhaps you are having a Cookie Exchange at work or church! The smell of cookies in the oven is one of the ‘joys’ of the Christmas season for me. I have some wonderful recipes that I will be forwarding to you this weekend. If you have a special recipe that you would like to share, please send it to me at and I will post it in the recipe section on the Market!

Although we ordered cream months ago through another Farm, it has yet to be available. I was able to find good quality, raw cream from another source. It has been frozen; however, I purchased some this past week, thawed it and WOW – I was VERY pleased. For those who have already paid for cream, it will be available on Tuesday at Market pickup. If you haven’t ordered and would like to, please email me or call me. You can reach me at 404-432-4337 or

The delay in ordering from Wilderness Family Naturals is unfortunate however, necessary due to amounts below the minimum order amount to receive the Group Buy Discount. We now have the minimum and the order will be placed on Tuesday. I will email you with your total, including shipping and handling and all monies will be due by Tuesday.

Green Pasture Group Buys also require a minimum number of bottles ordered to get their discounted pricing. At present I have orders for 6 bottles. In order to accommodate those who need the product, I am investigating other avenues to get the product in as soon as possible. I would like to order product from them on a monthly basis to ensure that we all have sufficient supplies on hand and don’t run short. Vitamin D is essential for healthy minds and bodies — especially in the winter months when our exposure to sunlight is even more limited. Please contact me if you would like to order. You can reach me at 404-432-4337 or through email

Thank you all for your support. Have a wonderful weekend!

Joyful thoughts,


Republican Valley Produce:  RVP-Delivery Calendar and The Market is Open


I have two pieces of info your you this week. I wanted to give you a schedule for the next 4 months. As we have done in the past, we will continue weekly until Christmas and then every two weeks after the first of the year.

December, (market opens the Friday before)
Deliveries 11 and 12, 18 and 19

market opens December 29th, delivery on Saturday Jan 5th (Winter market in Manhattan)
Deliveries 15 and 16, 29 and 30
(we do have a winter market in Manhattan on Friday, January 25th)

deliveries 12 and 13, 26 and 27

With baby due at the end of February/ First part of March we will have to keep an eye on these dates.

Deliveries 12 and 13, 26 and 27

Deliveries 9 and 10, 23 and 24

May, back to a weekly schedule.

Also, with the lower temps coming on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday please order early to allow me enough time to get everything ready. It has to rise above freezing in the high tunnels in order to harvest. When it starts to get cold, it only gives me a short harvest window each day. If I know what I have to harvest earlier, then I can make better harvest plans.

Finally, last Saturday (after the Farmers Market) I was able to get the last transplants in for this year. It was later than I had wanted, but they are in. I am hoping for a mid to late January harvest time for these crops.

Orders are due by 5 pm on Sunday. Also think ahead, wouldn’t some baked goods be good for Christmas? What about ordering early and putting them in the freezer? That would be a stress free way to get ready for those Holiday meals?


McColloms Market:  December FFFN Order Is Open

Hi All:

The December order is now open until Monday, December 10th at 5 pm. Here’s the link to the site:

Pick up will be at 103 Helen in Saranac Lake on Wed., December 12th from 5 pm to 6:45 pm.

If you have any issues with the pick up, please call me that day on my cell phone. The number is: 518-418-9236.