Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mad City Chickens - January 19/2012 - Capitol Theater Windsor - 730 PM

You can now pick up your 
Mad City Chicken 
tickets in a number of locations!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012, @ 730 PM
Capitol Theatre Windsor

Shopeco (Walkerville)
Rino's Kitchen (Downtown)
The Urban Greenhouse (East Tecumseh Road)
From Myself Personally! Steve Green @ stevegreen(at)ymail(dot)com and I can mail them to you!

Those of you ordering by mail will have to use paypal!


Mad City Chickens - Admit One
January 19/2012 730 PM

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mad City Chickens! Coming To Windsor! Watch Out!


Advanced Notice!

Save the Date!

THE CITY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!




WECSA &
WINDSOREATS.COM - WINTER BITES 2012

Part of WINTER BITES FESTIVAL 2012

Mad City Chickens is a film about people who keep chickens in the city.

Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad professor and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

LIMITED SEATING! ONE NIGHT ONLY!

TICKETS $10.00/pp

Contact stevegreen(dot)ymail(dot)com or The Capitol Theatre Box Office (in January) for tickets! Your name will be added to the list for tickets when printed

Invite your neighbour! Invite your Councillor & Mayor! 
A must see for ALL!

Proceeds to go towards Ford City Community Garden and Windsor Essex Community Supported Agriculture!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Who Made Your Eggs Today?


Who made your eggs today?

Mine came from my hens, but you need to know I don't begrudge egg farmers their livelihood.  Backyard hens are unlikely to become a fixture on the majority of urban properties, even though it is vitally important to many of us to be allowed to do so.  I don't even believe that the backyard egg movement will ever dent the sales of commercial eggs.  If anything, it serves to highlight why eggs can be a healthful and sustainable food choice, and this might even increase the sales of commercial eggs.

While more people want to take more responsibility for producing our own food for a variety of good reasons, one of the major motivations to allow chickens is that the commercial egg production system is not transparent.

People want to know where their food is coming from, they want more of their food to be local, and, if they eat animal products, they want to know that the animals are not harmed or mistreated.

This seems to have bypassed the thought-process of the marketing team behind the award-winning "Who Made Your Eggs Today?" campaign by the Egg Farmers of Ontario.  You may have seen the billboards around town, showing happy and smiling farm families. There's a website too, with videos where the farmers talk about life on the farm, and why their way of life is important to them.

What disturbed me greatly with both the billboards and the website, is that there wasn't a single hen in sight.  How can a farmer be passionate about chickens and not be seen with them?  How can the poultry farming business be appealing, if it is hidden from view?

It is this lack of transparency that underlies the mistrust many of us have for commercial egg production, and which only serves to increase the determination with which we will continue to campaign for the right to own backyard hens.

I felt I had to respond.  This is what I wrote:
Dear Egg Farmers of Ontario,

I just want to let you know that your campaign isn't working for me.

I live in Windsor, ON, and frankly, I don't understand why a picture of a farmer all the way in Oshawa (more than 400km away) should smile down at me from a roadside billboard.

Windsor is in Essex County, which is an agricultural area, and I know it has egg producers.

In my opinion, there should be no need for us to be obtaining our eggs from outside our county. It is disturbing to me to think that our distribution systems have become so elaborate and opaque that we no longer directly source such basic necessities as eggs from our own area.

What kind of food security or transparency do we have, when we don't have access to the same food that is grown in the area in which we live?

Furthermore, you and I both know that it is the hens and not the farmers who make our eggs.

Why can you not show the hens on the billboards? Could it be that you don't want to show the public the way the majority of hens in Ontario spend their short lives?

Sincerely,

What do you think?  Why don't you also let the Egg Farmers know your thoughts?  After all, they want you to talk to them.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sneak Peak at our new Local Good Food Box Program!



 * * * New & Improved for 2012 * * *
Monthly Local Good Food Box!

Orders Not Being Accepted Until DECEMBER 1st, 2011!


Welcome Back!

We are back and we are bigger and better than ever! You will notice several changes from the 'one box fits all' Local Good Food Box Program. Please read through the Page Index and see the changes in policy and in options. After hours of consultations with friends around the province, this is the direction we have chosen to take based on best-practices. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Steve Green directly at localgoodfoodbox@yahoo.ca

Page Index
The Guiding PrinciplesThe Fine PrintThe Veggie & Fruit BoxesThe Meat Share BoxesThe Meat Share PricesThe Pantry BoxThe Monthly 'Spotlight on Local' Vendor
The Guiding Principles
  • Everyone has a right to fresh, locally grown, healthy food. Everyone.
  • Everyone has a right to access affordable fresh produce.
  • All produce and products in the WECSA Local Good Food Box will be locally sourced.
  • There will be no 'Food Terminal' shipped or trucked in from long distances. 
  • Produce classed as 'seconds', 'expiring', or destined for free food destined for food banks will not be included in this Local Good Food Box.
  • While there is a place for Food Banks in a society, they exist only as a 'band-aid' solution and are not a sustainable solution.
  • Food Security and Sovereignty should be cultivated in all communities. Local Good Food Box participants are expected to know their food and their farmers.
  • Complete transparency in our food system is a must. Large food processors, farms, corporations and grocery stores are not concerned about our food security or whether we like our food. They are only concerned about the legality of what they are producing and whether they are maximizing their profits.
  • The WECSA Local Good Food box is an alternative to 'one stop shopping' and Big Box/Big Industry.
  • Producers and growers of food should be paid a premium, fair, and living wage for their time and dedication to bring us organic and natural produce. All efforts will be made to pay the producers of this food exactly what the farmer feels will sustain their farming operation.
The Fine Print
  • This is a Local Good Food Box. This is not the grocery store. You won't always get what you want. If you don't want it, trade it or give it away.
  • The fruits and vegetables that will be rotated through the boxes will represent what is available locally either fresh from a field or greenhouse, a micro-green operation, or in cold storage. If you want a fresh field tomato in February, go to the grocery store.
  • The produce we purchase will be bought at a fair and living wage for the farmer or producer to continue the operation. If you are looking for the 'cheapest' food or 'free' food, this is not the program for you. It is our belief that less of a better quality food is better than cheaper, mass produced, less nutritious food that does not pay the local farmer a premium for their time and effort.
  • All Local Good Food Boxes will be pre-ordered prior to pick up. Each 15th of the Month will be the cut off date. All orders will be paid for ahead of time by PAYPAL, EMAIL Transfer to localgoodfoodbox @ yahoo (dot) ca , or CASH/CHEQUE at the previous month's Pick Up date. No exceptions.
  • Local Good Food Boxes that are not picked up on the day of Pick Up will be donated to families in need. If you cannot arrange for someone to pick up your boxes for you, they will not be stored overnight. 
  • If you feel like you know someone who needs a Local Good Food Box but cannot afford it, you are welcome to purchase it for them. You will be responsible to pick up and deliver the items.
  • The amount of produce in your box will be governed by weight or quantity to ensure everyone receives an equal amount.
  • Please bring your own grocery bin, hamper, box, cloth grocery bags. None will be provided.

The Veggie & Fruit Boxes
       The $20 Veggie Box - Geared to 1-2 people
    The $40 Veggie Box - Geared to 3-4 people
    * No Substitutions*

The Meat Share Boxes (NEW!)


            Meet Our Very Own Butcher!


Butcher Jamie Waldron, a Harrow native, returns to the region from his title as Head Butcher at Cumbrae’s Dundas, one of the most highly regarded butcher shops in North America to spearhead this most unique opportunity for  Windsor/Essex County. His craft is led by the vision of getting the consumer the best our area has to offer - from sourcing the animals to offering the consumer the choicest cuts for maximum flavour and enjoyment. 


The Beef Share
  • The share of cattle that you've purchased was reared in the most caring manner,
  • from the pasture straight to your plate, at Shawn Morris Farms in Comber, ON.
  • Great butchering ensures that the whole animal is used to it’s fullest potential.
  • Also there are cuts that you may not be so familiar with included in your package.
  • We take the time to seam muscles that would normally go into the mince bin.
  • “Second” cuts such as flat iron, flank, bavette, and short ribs will all find their way into your custom package.
  • Shares will be divided up with an even mix of premium roasts, premium steaks
  • (tenderloin, NY strip, ribeyes), ‘second’ steaks (bavette, flat iron, skirt, etc.), slow roasts, stew beef, beef stock, and mince. Cuts of beef click here.
  • Liver, heart, tongue and stock bones are available on request.
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.

The Pork Share
  • Wagner Orchards are raising our Berkshire pigs on their farm in Essex County.
  • These animals enjoy the good life; eating a natural diet, free from growth promoting hormones or antibiotics.
  • Berkshire pork, prized for juiciness, flavour and tenderness, is pink-hued and heavily marbled. Its high fat content makes it suitable for long cooking and high temperature cooking.
  • Shares will be divided up with an even mix of roasts, chops, smoked bacon,
  • sausage, mince, as well as offal cuts if desired (head, trotters, liver). A selection
  • of sausages will be made on a rotating basis and at the time of your order you will be able to choose increments of your liking.
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.

 


The Lamb Share
  • Ewe Dell Family Farms in Woodslee, ON began as a modest 30 ewe farm. 
  • The operation has grown to include a flock of 4,000 and includes a modern, government inspected abattoir, which was specifically designed to process sheep.
  • Our lamb is allowed a setting up period of 7 days to ensure the meat has properly aged for tenderness and flavour.
  • Shares will be sold in ½ lamb boxes. Each 20lb lamb share will contain 1 rack, 4 loin chops, 2 sirloin chops, 2 shanks, 1 leg roast, 4 shoulder chops, stewing lamb and mince.
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.
The Chicken Share
  • Our naturally fed and raised chickens are air chilled and come from Fenwood Farms in Ancaster, ON. 
  • They are cage free and barn raised.
  • Chicken shares are sold at a minimum of 2 birds per order, with the ability to add on singles thereafter. The chickens weigh approx 4-6lbs ea. 
  • We are happy to prepare the birds into 9 cuts if desired (2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 drums, 2 wings, 1
  • neck & back).
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.
The Meat Share Prices



Shawn Morris Farms Beef 
20lbs (approx) $155.00


Wagner Orchards Berkshire Pork
20lbs (approx) $165.00


Ewe Dell Farms Lamb
20lbs (approx) $185.00


Fenwood Farms Natural Chicken
Minimum 2 chicken order (approx 4-6lbs) @ 3.99/lb
Each chicken thereafter (approx 4-6lbs) @ $3.79/lb


The Monthly 'Spotlight on Local' Vendor

Each month WECSA will invite a select vendor from the Windsor Essex region to set up shop at our Pick Up location (999 Drouillard Road) for a meet and greet, and to see and purchase their products. Stay tuned for January's Vendor! Find their Profile and Links Here! Local Good Food Box customers will be able to purchase items from these vendors.



VOTE 
WITH YOUR FOOD DOLLARS
BUY LOCAL!

localgoodfoodbox @ yahoo.ca


Friday, November 11, 2011

Locavore Dinner for WECSA Nov 20 2011


Locavore dinner shares the harvest

by VICTORIA ROSE • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2011 AT 3:35 PM • POSTED INEVENTS>FOOD>FORD CITY>LOCAL
Southwestern Ontario is one of the most agriculturally-rich areas in the country and we often take it for granted. Other regions long for the months of sun, extended growing season, and vine-friendly soils that Windsor & Essex County are known for.
Butcher Jamie Waldron
FILE PHOTO - Local butcher Jamie Waldron. Photo by Sanja Frkovic.
To celebrate agriculture, local food, and to introduce citizens to some of the work that they do, Windsor Essex Community Supporting Agriculture will be holding a locally-sourced dinner on Sunday, November 20.
The three-course meal will use local and seasonal ingredients, many of which will come straight from the WECSA farm where volunteers grow their own vegetables and raise chickens on a small plot of land in McGregor. The work is mostly done by hand with tools carted in a trusty wagon that has served the farm well for its first three years but needs to be replaced.
“We’ve just about killed my little wooden wagon,” said Steve Green of WECSA. The dinner is being held as a fundraiser to buy a “high-quality farm wagon for the co-op farm.”
Along with great food and great company (only 25 tickets are available), local butcher Jamie Waldron will be speaking to the group sharing some of his background and discussing protein products available in the region, particularly the quality meats that he works with.
WECSA’s fundraiser dinner will be held on Sunday, November 20 at New Song Church (999 Drouillard Road, Windsor). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6 p.m. The menu will be announced when all the details are finalized, but a vegetarian option will be available. Advanced tickets are $25 and there are only 25 seats available so you must reserve your spot by contacting Steve Green at stevegreen@ymail.com.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Opening: New members for Essex County's Chicken Collective


With the year drawing to an end, we are beginning to make plans for our collective for 2012.  As we have recently expanded, we have a small number of openings for new members.  This is an extremely family-friendly project to be involved in, and our experience has been that all children are thrilled to participate.


The purpose of our collective is to provide families with fresh eggs from free range chickens for their own consumption or to give away.  We are learning first hand about food security in our community along the way, and meeting with other like-minded families.  Another benefit of membership is gaining knowledge of chicken keeping in an environment where costs are controlled and the risks are shared.


The collective is in the county and participation involves some driving.  We recognize that this precludes membership by families without motor vehicles.  While we love the location, we would all much rather be able to own chickens in our backyards, or at a collective that is closer to home.  This is why we are continuing to work towards overturning the various by-laws in Essex County that prohibit backyard chickens.

The cost is $30 to join the collective and to cover capital costs.  The feed cost is based on the number of eggs collected by each member, and it works out to about $1.50/dozen.  We pay $20 upfront for feed costs and work down this balance by collecting eggs.  The hens' average production is around 22 eggs a day, but this varies depending on the time of year.


Members put their name down on an online roster on days they want to do chicken duty at the farm, which can be done at any time of the day.  Chicken duty involves feeding the hens and putting in a fair share of chicken poop clean-up (anybody with parenting experience will find this very doable).


Members are free to decide how often they want to do chicken duty and these are the days on which they can take home all the eggs that have been laid.  However, they may also visit at any other time.


If you are interested in learning more about joining our collective, or would like to schedule a no-obligation visit, please send an email to cheerphil at gmail dot com or leave a comment below.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Windsor heads to Peterborough

This week five of us from Windsor participated in SustainOntario's biennial conference titled Bring Food Home - Preparing the Ground for a Sustainable Food System.  One of the Windsor contributions was an afternoon-long workshop on backyard poultry and the work we have been doing in Windsor to show our city and council why this is an important step forward for food security in the region.

We put together a slide show to tell the wider world about our efforts, and it generated a great conversation which continued well into the evening and even the following morning. Take a look at it here:


While we discussed avian politics, dined on succulent locally-raised beef and sampled a wide variety of wines and beers from the area in faraway Peterborough, back at home, journalist Doug Schmidt (I'm sure would have loved to have been there too), valiantly blogged about our efforts in the Windsor Star.  He wrote an amusing little article which nevertheless managed to convey the importance of sustainable food production to the area.  He made the point that the leadership in this case is not coming from our city's officials.

During our presentation we had pointed out that the demographics of our council (eight of the ten councillors are white men, almost all of whom are older than 45) stand in sharp contrast to the demographic makeup of those of us who are working towards a sustainable food system.  For starters, a quick glance at the people around the room showed that females, who traditionally spend more time shopping for and feeding their families, were far and away in the majority.  And they were significantly younger than our municipal leadership too.

I suspect this is a large part of the reason why the proponents of backyard chickens are butting heads with the majority of Windsor's council.  The naysayers, no doubt acting in line with what they perceive their constituents to believe, live in a bubble world that is oblivious to well-founded concerns surrounding a food supply that is highly processed, overly dependent on fossil fuels, fraught with foodhandling concerns, overwhelmingly controlled by mega-corporations, and not at all transparent.

Instead, our councillors and their more vocal constituents, many of whom are well into retirement age, spend much of their time discussing what they perceive to be more pressing needs, like backed up sewers and traffic snarls caused by motorists idling their cars in Tim Horton's drivethroughs.  At least, that was my distinct perception at last week's lengthy Ward 6 meeting.

Unfortunately, few of us who are younger than 65 and have families made it to that ward meeting.  Undoubtedly this is partly because those of us who have families are often busy with said families at 7pm on weekday evenings.

But many of us also feel that our ward leadership isn't listening to our concerns.

It seems to me that many of our councillors spend a lot of their time dealing with everyday property issues, while lacking the time, wherewithal and foresight to be receptive to ideas that recognize the numerous benefits of a local and sustainable food supply.

What I saw and heard in Peterborough this week clearly demonstrated that their municipal leaders are on board.

I would love to be able to say Windsor is on the same track, but I am afraid it will take another election before we see the change in political climate needed to get us moving in the right direction.




Saturday, August 27, 2011

Food Insecurity? What food insecurity?

There seems to be a giant disconnect between some members of the public who argue that "if you want cheap eggs, why not just go to the store to get them?"; and those of us who maintain backyard chickens are a necessary and realistic tool in the arsenal against food insecurity.

If you asked the average Windsorite whether we have food insecurity in our region, you should most probably expect either a blank look or frank denial from most people.

Food security is not something that is generally talked about, and most people would point to our grocery stores' filled shelves as proof that we have plenty of food.  Windsor's above average obesity rates would also suggest that food is the one thing we don't have to worry about.

And yet our system is much more fragile than you might think:
  • Most of the food lining grocery store shelves in Windsor-Essex comes to the region from across the border in Detroit or along the 401 from north-east of here, typically the London-Toronto region.  If anything ever happened to our highway system or even if there was a disruption in the fuel supply, we would soon discover the stores had no more than about 3 days of supplies.  We have no local dairies and all our eggs come from grading stations outside the region.  Although we are a food-producing region, the distribution system is set up so that almost all our food comes to us via the highway.
  • Many low-income residents do not have much food stored on their kitchen shelves, and they do not always have easy access to grocery stores.  If you don't have a car, it can be quite difficult to get to a grocery store, and you might find yourself more dependent on a convenience store for your calorie needs.  Typically, convenience stores don't sell much produce, and most of their food is prepackaged, which plays a role in the generally greater obesity rates and poorer health of lower income people in our society.
  • Children, girls especially, used to learn to cook at home, and schools also played a role in teaching them culinary skills.  Boys tended to learn how to fish, hunt and trap.  Every garden used to have a vegetable patch.  Nowadays, far fewer of us know how to prepare food from scratch.  Do you know how to preserve tomatoes or skin a rabbit?  Do you have a garden that supplies you vegetables?  I'd be the last to advocate a return to the highly-gendered teaching methods from long ago, but I do think most of us have a lot to learn when it comes to self-sufficiency.  Sadly, far too many people are reliant on fast food outlets several times a week, and even more people cannot cook a meal without the assistance of packages and cans.
  • The list of food recall alerts is astonishing in the amount of food-borne illness that it warns against.  This week, for example, the FDA issued an alert regarding potential listeria in packaged salmon.  This was the third listeria alert in August, in addition to two for salmonella and another for E coli O157:H7.
It's not surprising that some of us are worried about food security.  One way is to ensure the authorities pay better attention to addressing the risks in the system, and the other strategy is to take matters into our own hands where we can.

As regards the authorities, it is important for municipalities to take stock of food security gaps in the region, and take steps to address them.  This is a serious matter and not one to trivialize.  I am afraid that some of Windsor's councillors do not have a sufficient grasp on how tenuous our food supply potentially is.  What about councillors in the towns surrounding Windsor?  Are they taking it seriously?

But it's not just about the authorities.  There are also steps we can take ourselves, such as planting a garden, establishing relationships with local farmers so we can ensure a steady supply of trustworthy food grown close to home,  buying from farmers' markets and fruit stands, teaching our children to enjoy simple, unprocessed food, and ensuring they know where it comes from - and that's not the grocery store.

Lastly, a backyard chicken coop is an excellent way of producing a reliable and high-quality protein source.  It's not going to address all the risks that we face, but it's one practical step that goes a long way.

It's also a very important symbolic step, because when bylaws allow them, it's a sign that the authorities recognize the importance of residents taking control over their own food security. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Chicken War Moves to Kingsville


The Windsor Star provocatively describes it as a chicken war.  The resident who is asking Kingsville's council to look at the town's obscurely written bylaw will be making a very reasonable request on Monday night.  He would prefer to avoid the intense media attention we saw in Windsor.  Let's see how this pans out.

Windsor's Ward 3's Councillor Fulvio Valentinis, after all, rejected our request earlier this year to look at the pros and cons of backyard hens on the basis that Windsor doesn't want to be a leader for the region in this matter.  Why, I have no idea.  I always thought the point of leadership was to be prepared to take steps in the right direction, even when nobody else had the wherewithal to do so.

If Kingsville's councillors agree to allow backyard hens, or even if they agree to be open to the idea, this might help our own Councillor Valentinis see that listening to residents' reasons for allowing urban chickens is a really good thing for democracy.  And he and the other councillors will learn that contrary to their expectations, the concerns and fears are mostly overblown myths.  Instead, urban hens are good for for food security, for environmental stewardship, for animal welfare, for our children, and a whole host of other well-founded reasons.

The municipalities that recognize this understand a thing or two about good leadership and the way democracy is supposed to work.  Let's hope Kingsville is one of them.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Why do we want to eat eggs from the backyard?


For the same reasons that a freshly picked heirloom tomato from the garden tastes and looks superior to a uniform grocery store tomato, fresh eggs we have collected ourselves from hens that spend their days roaming about outdoors also give us significantly more gustatory pleasure.

It starts with the smooth texture of the shell, but the differences inside are quite clear as well.  Farm fresh eggs have a different colour and texture, and most people are adamant that they taste better too.  (To be quite honest, I can't be the judge of that, since I stopped eating grocery store eggs a long time ago).  My friend Stephanie, who was a pastry chef in her former professional life, is adamant that farm eggs hold up better when she bakes.

Quantifying eggs' nutritional benefits can be difficult (though it has been done), because they can vary from farm to farm depending on what and how much the hens eat, and how much time they spend outdoors.  We do know that every single commercially raised hen in Ontario spends every day of its shortened lifespan indoors.  She never gets to forage in the ground for the grubs, bugs and seeds that form her natural diet.  Producers can supplement commercial feed with individual nutrients, but we know enough about nutrition to know that there's a lot that nutritional scientists still need to learn.

To continue with the tomato analogy, it would be reasonable to expect different nutritional results for each heirloom tomato sample you might try.  In the same way, it would be very hard to design a nutritional analysis that statistically represents the majority of free range eggs.

In my opinion, people who obsess about the nutritional elements of individual food items totally miss the point of healthy eating.

By focusing on a whole diet that is mainly sourced from unprocessed foods grown close to home or purchased locally from farmers markets, rather than a collection of standardized products from grocery stores that are trucked in from many miles away, we are healthier overall.  I don't need to see studies to prove that, and nor should you.

For those of us who have children, it's really important to set them up for a lifetime of good eating habits.  We incorporate a variety of food in their diets in a way that allows them to experience the source of their foods in their every day activities.   When children pick their own raspberries, cherry tomatoes and peas in the garden, they are naturally much more in touch with healthy foods than kids who know where to find a nutraceutical-laden packaged bar in the grocery cupboard.

So too with eggs.  I have never come across a child that hasn't clamoured to be allowed to collect eggs from the coop, and that's the first step in getting them to enjoy one of Nature's most ubiquitous wonder foods.

News Alert! Arrest the Offenders! Fowl Invading Roseland! Scramble the Bylaw Officers!


Dear Mayor Edgar Francis & City Council:

Why is it you/the city is/are allowed to keep ducks at your City owned golf course but I am not allowed to have a couple hens on my property?

I witnessed your ducks wandering through the Roseland neighbourhood last night unattended, through neighbours' yards with their little ducklings trailing nervously behind.

They proceeded to hold up traffic (albeit for photographs by onlookers admiring them) recklessly entering the intersection without any regard of oncoming traffic.

Please draw your lines straight, Mayor Francis. Apprehend these offenders or change the Bylaw!

In defence of the mother duck and her ducklings, the ducks did not know they were illegal. They were just walking around the neighbourhood to forage some food and heading to their City of Windsor home.

If I kept a couple hens, my hens wouldn't know they are illegal either, as they forage for food in my backyard. But they would be well cared for and kept off the streets and neighbourhood yards.

By the way, if you can keep ducks, why can't I keep a couple hens? Seems silly, doesn't it.

Maybe its time to get with the times and realize that the bylaw is ridiculous. There's plenty of fowl fowling up this bylaw!

How about the 100's of Canadian geese that inhabit our City owned Water collection pond on Rockport in South Windsor, and the 1000's around Windsor?

Our park and water collection pond is afoul, constantly of goose poop everywhere. The city does nothing to clean up their mess or manage them.

The water is severely polluted and the city does nothing to clean it up. Every spring and summer the Geese have 12 more Geese!  We can hardly walk a path without 

tripping over the geese! The cars on Rockport regularly have to stop for 50 Geese and there adorable brood 

They obviously live there on city property FULL TIME.

Again, seems silly when you consider the mess they make and constant noise in the neighbourhood. Far more noise and poop than a couple hens would ever make.

I REALLY think you need to re-evaluate the city position. Speaking of poop, there's a lot of dog poop throughout the city too. Irresponsible dog owners.

And could you imagine the stink of 80 Pigeons on one residential lot, and the noise? 

But not one or two hens. Curious. Do my hens need to be wild? Do they need to live on City land? Can I keep a domesticated Goose? If I let my hen wander wild, is it legal?

I know you are the one that voted this down. But you also have the power to allow the recommendations your staff made to allow for a Pilot project to occur.

Windsor-Essex CLUCK group, a large support network for Urban Hens, would be glad to see that you get all the praise and glory for being progressive enough to 
find a solution that works for the City.

Respectfully,

steve green
Windsor Ontario Canada
Windsor Essex CLUCK

p.s. I have included a picture of the duck and duckling infraction if you want to forward it to the Bylaw Officers or Windsor Police Services