At their meeting last night, the Battle Creek City Commission approved urban farming measures.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the commission approved the ordinance changes unanimously on Tuesday, that will allow for private and community gardens, as long as the gardens remain a secondary use. The ordinance also allows for urban commercial farms in Battle Creek, with tight rules to prevent nuisances to residents.

The version of this ordinance introduced a year ago by Sprout Urban Farms also allowed for the raising of animals like hens, goats and bees in residential areas; that issue will continue to be discussed by the Commission through 2017.

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