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New City Ordinance Means More Animals Allowed at Home

FAYETTEVILLE -- Changes to a city ordinance means more urban farming options for Fayetteville folks.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Changes to a city ordinance means more urban farming options for Fayetteville folks.

More than a year in the making, the new Urban Agriculture Ordinance is "designed to address local food security concerns and give citizens better access to fresh, local food," according to a press release.  The ordinance passed at City Council on March 18, 2014 and replaces the 2008 Animals & Fowl ordinance with numerous updates.

Here's a rundown of the changes, which go into affect April 17:

Single family homes can now have up to 20 twenty female chickens or ducks on any property.

Also under this ordinance up to three goats and four beehives are allowed depending on property size.

And for those urban farmers looking to sell what they don't use, the new ordinance also includes allows the sales of home-produced agricultural products from the residence.

These items may be sold from a home food stand, following garage sale rules, and they may also be sold with a Home Occupation or a Limited Business permit.

To see a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet with ordinance highlights and rules, please click here.
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