In July, Charleston's City Council gave final approval to an ordinance that formally permits certain urban agriculture activities to take place in city limits. In addition to addressing gardening, the law permits residents to have up to six hens and three beehives.
Since then, Dunbar could become the second city in the county to adopt such an ordinance. Dunbar's City Council approved such an ordinance on first reading on Sept. 17. The law -- similar to Charleston's -- will have to be passed on second reading before becoming law.
Dunbar resident Sharon Pearson, a beekeeper herself, proposed the law to her city's council after Charleston gave the green light for the practice.
Elsewhere in the county, citizens in Montgomery have approached that city's council about approving an urban agriculture ordinance, but city Treasurer Angie Tackett said no formal ordinance has been introduced in council, and she didn't think the city's charter would allow such an ordinance.
Porter said he supported the efforts of cities to change their laws to allow urban agriculture. He said communities across the state have been examining Charleston's lead on the subject.
"I would like to see more municipalities in the Valley look into this," he said.
The backyard poultry workshop will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson Farms near Big Chimney. The farm is located at 69 Silo Street off Four Mile Road. For the purposes of obtaining directions from the Internet, some mapping services use Charleston for the farm's address.
Though the workshop is free and open to the public, those wishing to attend are asked to register by calling the Extension Service office at 304-720-9573 or by e-mailing John.Por...@mail.wvu.edu.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.