Chickens coming to Fehr Avenue town farm in Shenikad – Daily Newspaper

Shenektadi – Take a walk through the small farm on Ferre Ave. In a colorful copo built by volunteers.

Chickens to Schenectady-SiCM Urban Farm at 49 Fehr Ave. Efforts to bring it back have been going on for about a year, but months ago the connection between the company and the city was severed, said Melissa McKinon, agricultural manager. Schenectady Ministry of Social Affairs.

Chickens are not allowed under city law, but special circumstances may be provided by a corporation consultant if the animals are used for educational, artistic or recreational purposes and the owner is licensed and guarantees accountability.

Macintoon, who said the group was “surprised” by the lack of communication, said the company had been given permission to own chickens on the town’s Valle Cemetery three years ago without any problems. The company is licensed to keep up to a dozen egg-laying hens on Vale Farm, 6/10 acres, just around Fehr Avenue.

But last week, efforts were revived last week, with some staff and volunteers appealing to the City Council to help raise chickens near Fehr Avenue, highlighting the animal’s educational value, emotional support and ability. Giving fresh eggs to residents.

“One of the most popular things we did was to raise chickens on the Valley farm. “Sometimes we call our children magnets, but we also provide food, education and entertainment,” McKinon said at the time.

Efforts have borne fruit City City Consultant signed the chickens a few days later, and volunteers began preparing for the coup last weekend, McKinon said.

Schenectady Urban Farms launched in 2012 to alleviate food shortages and food shortages. But the company has grown over the years and finally realized that the two companies share similar goals and decided to join CCM last year. SiCM operates the largest food storage area in the county and serves thousands of meals each month to families.

In the past few years, two more urban farms have been added, including Ferre Avenue and a small space on Hullet Avenue, McKinon said.

Today, Schenectady-SiCM Urban Farms is a member of 70, mostly low- and middle-income families, and grows hundreds of fruits and vegetables. Members must spend two hours each week working on one of the organization’s three farms to join.

More than 2,000 plants, 38 beds, more than 200 pounds of tomatoes, 150 pounds of potatoes and 19 pounds of beans are harvested in 38 beds, said Farmer Coordinator Leah Ignacchuk.

But the value of the farm goes far beyond providing fresh produce to its members.

Urban farms provide an opportunity for city dwellers to learn about agriculture, and the presence of chickens not only attracts people but also allows individuals, especially young children, to become more involved, Egnaczwk.

She recalls a similar story about a student who visited Valle Avenue and learned how to grow eggs and how to grow garlic.

When we have chickens, it is to engage the community and make them interested in our farming process. That is the most important thing, ”said Ignakzuk. “We want to connect with the land and it is something we lack in cities, especially in Seneca.”

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at 518-410-5117 [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGARnold.

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