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Somerville Aldermen Could Vote on Urban Agriculture Ordinance Thursday

The ordinance would govern things like raising chickens, keeping bees and growing fruits and vegetables.

The Somerville Board of Aldermen may vote Thursday night on an ordinance that would govern urban agriculture and farming in the city—we're talking about things like raising chickens, keeping bees, growing produce and starting hydroponics and aquaponics operations.

Aldermen and city staffers have been drafting the proposed ordinance, and it's been in the Board of Aldermen's Land Use Committee since April.

Members of the Land Use Committee kept the matter in committee after an Aug. 8 meeting, but they were scheduled to take up the ordinance again on Wednesday. There was some scuttlebutt before Wednesday's committee meeting that the whole Board of Aldermen would vote on the matter Thursday.

Somerville Patch will provide an update after Thursday's meeting.

Here's some more on the urban agriculture ordinance:

jennifer D. August 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Please vote in favor! Let's show everyone that Somerville is a progressive city!!!!
Tom Kenny August 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Last summer I checked with the city about having chickens. I was told it was alright. Now they are voting on it.Growing produce needs city approval ? Are they serious ?
Tom Walsh August 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
This article doesn't make it clear (I had to follow one of the links at the end), but it sounds like they're only talking about commercial activity. In other words, no city approval/oversight for a vegetable garden, or for a chicken coop. The oversight/regulations would be for if you want to go into business tending livestock or growing produce in the city.
kevin thomas crowley August 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM
during the second world war my father raised geese in our backyard. apparently this was quite common in somerville.

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