Source: Times & Transcript, February 25, 2011
A report on the province's first-ever urban farm urges cities to get cracking on a bylaw to allow chickens in suburban backyards.
Post Carbon Greater Moncton has released a glowing report on the egg-producing hens roosting in the Hub City's core one year after Moncton's planning commission granted the request for a temporary permit to run an experimental urban farm.
The community group's pilot project now hopes to hatch a bylaw allowing chickens in city neighbourhoods, producing fresh and chemical-free eggs.
"We're making a number of quite detailed recommendations in terms of what would need to happen," said Michel Desjardins, a member of Post Carbon Greater Moncton. "We are by no means recommending a free-for-all.
"This activity must be regulated."
The project converted an urban residential property into a small-scale farm, including four egg-laying hens that produced roughly two dozen eggs per week.
The report concludes that urban agriculture is an effective way to increase food security and enhance self-sufficiency in the province's cities.