City Approves Food Garage Sales, Residential Farm Animals

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Fayetteville residents can now have farm animals on their property and sell homemade food products from their homes, following a vote by the Fayetteville City Council on Tuesday night.

Aldermen voted 6-2 to allow an “urban agriculture” amendment to the city’s Unified Development Code. The amendment will allow farm animals such as goats, chickens, ducks and bees on residential properties within the city.

The changed ordinance also allows agriculture sales in residential areas, meaning area residents can sell certain foods, such as milk, cheese, jam, eggs, honey and produce, from their homes. Property owners can sell the food four times a year, for three consecutive days each time.

The amendment comes with several restrictions. Up to four female chickens and ducks are now allowed on any private lot, but lots larger than 5,000 square feet may hold as many as 20 fowl, as long as the chickens and ducks are given coop space, according to the amendment.

Two bee hives are allowed on any single family lot or school property, although larger property may hold as many as four hives. The amendment states Africanized bees are prohibited, and bees that create a public hazard will be removed.

Two goats are allowed on lots larger than 10,000 square feet, although the property’s owner may host three goats if the property is larger than 15,000 square feet, the amendment states. Yards must be kept sanitary, and waste must be disposed of, according to the amendment.

13 comments

  • Sarah 1

    Fantastic. I wish I knew how to raise animals, grow fruits and vegetables. It is a sign of the times we are returning to natural ways. If you haven’t been to the Farmers Market n the square, just go visit. Great camarerie and welcoming spirit.

    • Micah John Szabo

      Wow, Larry. I would have to say your entire perspective is “backwards”. If you only want foods packaged in plastic and laced with chemicals, keep going to the grocery store. This is encouraging more people to grow food locally. If that’s a step backwards, then we should be turning around and running full-speed in this “backward” direction. If you don’t know the importance of eating local foods and maintaining bee populations, you obviously are misinformed or simply ignorant on the subject.

    • ace

      either you’re a troll or a fool. but just for the fun of it, it’d be really neat to hear your reasoning.

  • CQ

    Not quite sure what to think about this… But I don’t live in Fayetteville, so my opinion is mute.

    I’ll say this. I have to applaud Fayetteville with this stuff. There’s a lot of people in NWA who despise Walmart, and want better grocery options.

    Hy-Vee is an excellent grocery chain. They have a store in Springfield, MO. They have a great organic/gluten free section in their stores, and the prices are awesome! I’ve sent them an email or two about coming here…

  • Jack

    Also, you mention the Farmer’s Market, but what’s the point of going now, if everyone can just sell their goods from home?

  • Jonathan

    There are markets all over the world and they have been around for ages. I don’t think, outside of being novelty, that there is any advantage to have a yard sale. Have you every seen a shopping mall or strip mall Jack? The reason all those stores decide to be in such close proximity is because it draws a greater crowd. That can allow for a store to grab sales from customers that came to that centralized location to shop at a different store. The same concept would give an advantage to a Farmer’s Market over a yard sale.

  • Catherine

    Farmers markets are every week, multiple times a week. This ordinance only allows a a person to sell goods for a total of 12 days a year and that is spread out over the year. It is great to allow but it certainly won’t impact the farmers market at all.

  • Arkajun

    I’ve been to another city and seen 1st hand the successful efforts of this kind urban agriculture.
    It’s named Metamoros!

  • Natasha

    I think this is a wonderful idea! Fresh food is healthy food. Just 3-4 generations ago, families would have thought it ridiculous to ship in produce during spring and summer that can be grown at home!

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