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Seattle Residents Share Their Urban Farms with the Public for One Day

Seattle Tilth Offers 14th Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour on July 12

Jun 17, 2014

Did you know that Seattle started the trend in chicken coop tours? The first ever coop tour was held in Seattle in 2000, organized by Seattle Tilth, and now there are dozens across the country from Boston, to Atlanta, Chicago, Silicon Valley and many places in between. Seattle Tilth started the event as a way to get more people interested in keeping chickens and producing a source of fresh eggs in their own backyards.

Seattle Tilth’s 14th annual Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour is a self-guided tour. People can select sites to visit among “Seattle’s Top 25” urban farms throughout Seattle on Saturady, July 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $12 or $5 for kids, with discounts for groups, Seattle Tilth members and bicyclists. Tickets can also be purchased at Portage Bay Grange, Central Co-op, Walt’s Organic Fertilizer, City People’s, Next to Nature and Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.

Hosts apply for the tour in the spring and sites are chosen by a panel of judges. Highlights will include mini dairy goats (including baby “kid” goats), turkeys, pollinator pathways, art-infused gardens, diverse heritage chicken varieties, meat rabbits, honey bees and innovative aquaponic systems that allow people to have fish as a source of food for their small urban yards.

The chicken coops show an impressive display of ingenuity, both practical and fanciful. Many hosts use recycled materials, compost manure, harvest rain water, use solar energy and have other systems that creatively conserve natural resources in their yards. All of our hosts have vast knowledge about their animals and gardens and are happy to share what they’ve learned so others can participate in raising urban livestock and creating productive gardens in their communities.

Many of the hosts have fun names for their sites including, “Feathered Fish Farm,” “41 Legs Urban Farm,” “Big Belly of the Earth Farm,” “Urban Farm Schoolhouse,” “City Art Farm,” and “Roosevenna Rancheria.” Jake Harris, host of the “Stone Soup Coop,” has a unique chicken tree bungalow where his birds brood. His site also includes a mushroom farm, lending library, edible native plant nursery and a stone compost system.  

Seattle Tilth judges choose awards in the following categories: Community Star for the most community-oriented coop or garden, Sustainable Oasis for the best use of permaculture and sustainable practices, Garden to the Max for the most efficient use of space and Frugal Urban Farmer for the most economical/affordable design. Tour attendees will vote for the “People’s Choice Award” online after the event.

See our preview photo album and Facebook event.



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