Design helps with urban farming

As Toronto inches its way to an acceptance to urban farming. This author began to think about the different needs of urban farmers, such the ability to not annoy your neighbors with smells, noises, general sundry issues such as disposing of waste, bringing in food, for animals such as chickens.

And then I came across this a wonderful chicken and egg design, it would likely even be great on a condo balcony.

The nogg chicken coop is a modern chicken house that has been designed in the shape of an egg. It has been designed to house from 2-4 chickens and is to encourage domestic farming while adding a touch of playful elegance. The nogg sits beautifully in any garden, urban or rural environment and is designed to enhance and compliment it’s surroundings. The nogg aids and advocates the provenance of homegrown foods.


A neighbour had a coop.. small one like this. When I was downwind from them I couldn't open windows.. the smell was sickening.. why do we want these in the city?

Cancel this please.. I lived beside a cooper (a person with a chicken coop).. the smell of shi.. was unbelievable. Turned me into a prisoner of my own home. Why have these in the city?

I do agree the smell issue has to be addressed before it is allowed, the good thing I found about this is maker designers are working to solve the problem.

I find that a lot of the ideas and complaints found on this blog are from people trying to have a rural life in a city setting. Don't forget where we live, in the heart of the largest Metropolitan city in Canada. I wonder if the Campbellford blog writes about longing for sky scrapers.

If Jane Jacobs was correct, farming originated in urban areas and then was moved to the countryside, where it could be done more efficiently with technology developed in cities. To have it return to cities is an interesting development–perhaps a case of urban import substitution. I'm not sure if it'll go far beyond complimenting food sources from rural areas, though.

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