The Birds and the Bees
Chickens and other farm animals are more likely to be welcome in cities than in suburbs. According to this article in the New York Times, cities nationwide are reviewing their zoning codes in response to growing interest in urban farming. New York City, whose zoning code allows hens, has a growing “city chicken” fan club with more than 100 New Yorkers participating in a “City Chicken” meetup group.
Though New York City is chicken-friendly, it lags Seattle and Minneapolis when it comes to bees and goats. Minneapolis, according to the article, allows up to three goats, and Seattle just legalized beekeeping.
Local food advocacy group Just Food is mounting a campaign to legalize beekeeping in New York City. The group argues that bees are needed to help pollinate community gardens, public parks and nature centers. New York, it contends, needs to catch up with other more bee-progressive cities, such as Atlanta, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco, which all beat Seattle in legalizing city beekeeping.