backyard farming

UPDATE: The draft regulations have been posted here: http://alamedaca.gov/residents/news/2013/04/16/community-meeting-backyar....

If you’ve got an ass, there are rules in Alameda’s municipal code that govern its life on the Island. But the city’s code is silent on sheep, goats and the beehives that are becoming an increasingly popular fixture in local backyards.

But city officials, with the help of local backyard farmers, are working to change that. They’ve put together some proposed revisions to the city’s decades-old animal rules, and they’re seeking the public’s input on them at a community meeting scheduled for Thursday.