Like any sane, locavore and lover of deliciosity, I’m on Kamala Gamble’s email list for Guilford Gardens and Kam’s Kookery. I look forward to updates about what’s available through her community-supported agriculture service, but the latest electronic missive had a section about proposed ordinance changes that will effect your right to house and co-exist with urban chickens.
This is nothing as preposterous as John Travolta depicting a red-necked Houstonian working oil fields by day who tries to saddle-up an undereducated cowgirl, portrayed by Debra Winger, and the mechanical bull she rode in over the lowdown tones of Johnny Lee. This is about your inalienable right to raise chickens in your back yard.
Kam writes in her newsletter, “Here’s an opportunity for people to show their support for urban agriculture and urban chickens. The new proposed ordinances include provisions for urban chickens, composting, etc.”
Oklahoma City’s Planning Commission meets tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 24, at 1:30pm on the third floor of City Hall. The public hearing on the ordinance will include staff’s presentation followed by Planning Commission discussion and comments from interested citizens. As Kam states, this is an opportunity to be voice your support and/or raise concerns you might have with the proposed ordinance. The meeting is crucial to the future of urban farming as the Planning Commission will use this hearing to form a yea or nay to forward on to the city council.
Kam points out her operation isn’t affected either way because her property contains more than an acre of land, which exempts it from current ordinances, but her goal is to see an increase in people growing their own food whether it be via plants or animals.
As Kam finishes, “We, at Guilford Gardens, believe the biggest benefit of this measure is to cast a vote of approval for Urban/Suburban Gardening/Growing. The first step in saying yes to gardens and yes to our future generations. Other major cities encourage this through public programs etc. OKC is just getting to the stage where we aren’t discouraging gardens. A healthy vegetable dense diet allows for healthy kids (free of diabetes). And those kids are better able to learn and are ultimately more productive and less of a burden to the health care system. … If the city council sees a groundswell of support then perhaps they will make it happen.”
Well stated, Kam.
Pho Von has taken over the space previously occupied by Camilla’s at 5701 N Western Ave. It opened last week, so I stopped in today for a bowl and some shrimp spring rolls.
Expertly placed between Nichols Hills/Chesapeake Energy Campus and the Asian District, Pho Von seeks to cut north-lying Vietnamese-food fans off at the pass. The pho was good enough to make me want to return to try some more. I went with the Pho Dac Biet, which includes pretty much everything they’ve got in the kitchen. Everything was well prepared, but probably not good enough to the folks at Pho Lien Hoa sweating too much. The menu doesn’t offer any surprises when it comes to the proper Vietnamese fare. However, it’s the little things where Pho Von excels.
For starters, soda is served from fountain machine not a can. Secondly, you can pay using a credit card. While this might not sound like a big deal, I have opted against dining at places for these sins. If you’re like me, Pho Von might just be your cup of soup.
Pho Von is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.