Tampa approves chickens in the city

12:00 AM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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One of two chickens owned by the Vidovic family in Tampa, a family that participates in urban farming to practice clean and healthy eating.



Tampa, Florida-- Urban farming.  It's knowing where your food comes from...including eggs.

The Vidovic family in Tampa is part of growing number of people who have started raising chickens.

"We are doing this because we want to know where are food is coming from, and about what we put in our bodies," said Tanja Vidovic.

The family has two chickens that each lay an egg a day. That's more than a dozen a week.

"We are trying to live clean and be self-sustainable. I have a daughter, and I want to give her the best head start I can by making sure she is healthy," said Vidovic.

Thursday, the city of Tampa approved an ordinance which allows residents to keep chickens. Councilwoman Lisa Montelione voted yes, but says there are rules.

"No roosters; the coops must be three feet from the property line; it must be no higher than six feet, and we limit the square footage to 125 sq. feet," says Montelione.

Some residents feared Tampa would turn into a farm, but that is not the case, and the city says it's responding to a growing movement of people who are adopting a green lifestyle.

"I do believe this is a movement and being closer to your food is healthier."

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