May 15 Forum — Chicks in the City: Urban Agriculture

JXN Community Forums are free and open programs to encourage dialogue about the challenging issues of our day. The series is sponsored by the Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty and the Jackson District Library. All forums are held at the JDL, 244 West Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI and they are usually on the third Thursdays at 6:30-8:30 pm.
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Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 pm
Chicks in the City: Urban Agriculture
There are people who prefer a more pure food source and, to the extent they are able, want to provide that to themselves and their families. To that end some people want to raise their own animals even though they may live in a residential area. Are they protected under the “Right to Farm” law? Some municipalities have said “No”.  Are they right to do that?  Panelists include: Dan Gough, Building Official, Zoning Administrator, and Ordinance Officer for Blackman Township; Robert Smith, Ordinance Enforcement Officer for Summit Township; and Wendy Lockwood Banka, PhD, President of the Michigan Small Farms Council.