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Seattle’s “Top 25” Urban Farms Open Doors on July 13

Seattle Tilth Offers Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour

Find out about Seattle Tilth's 13th Chicken Coop & Urban Farm tour and what makes it unique.

Jun 26, 2013

In Seattle, urban farms provide valuable food sources for families, add neighborhood charm and help define the city’s character. On Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the public has the chance to visit Seattle’s “Top 25” urban farms during Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour. This is a self-guided tour in the greater Seattle area.

Now in its 13th year, Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour is, as far as we know, the original and longest-standing event of its kind in the US. Several cities now boast similar events from Madison, WI, to Austin, TX and Davis, CA. 

For the first time the event is juried. Seattle Tilth invited a panel of local experts to select the most compelling 25 sites, representing all quadrants of the city. Judges include Seattle Tilth educators, Jessi Bloom from NW Bloom, Rachel Duthler from Danny Woo Community Garden, Jake Harris from Stone Soup Gardens, Charmaine Slaven from Seattle Farm Co-op, and Kevin Scott-Vanderberg from Portage Bay Grange.
Using our descriptive site map, tour-goers choose their own adventure or follow neighborhood routes outlined in NE, NW, Central, SE and West Seattle. The tour also includes five sites outside of Seattle in Bothell, Duvall, Issaquah, Burien and Renton. Tour-goers will have the opportunity to see many varieties of chickens and chicken coops, as well as ducks, quail, geese, rabbits, mini dairy goats, honey bees, mason bees and even cows, a pig and a horse.

The sites are quite diverse, with names like “The Eggplant,” “Blue Moose Farm,” “City Art Farm,” “Redo Ranch” and “41 Legs Urban Farm.” Most urban farms are on average-sized urban lots and demonstrate an inspiring display of sustainable design, creativity and thrift. Interesting features on the tour this year include a cordwood “Chicken Castle,” a rooftop goat deck, wine bottle garden beds, a compost fence, greenroofs, a solar powered cistern, vertical and container gardens, fanciful garden art, an urban farm at a preschool, watering systems collected from rainwater, and many clever uses of recycled materials.

Many hosts got their start by attending the tour in previous years. Stacy Brewer of Seattle Seedling blogs about her experience as a host and tour-goer, saying, “I went on the tour as a visitor four years ago and it’s because of that experience that I got the nerve to finally get started with chickens. Seeing it in action was priceless!”

Special awards selected by Seattle Tilth staff will be announced a week prior to the event in the following categories: Righteous Recycler, Community Star, Sustainable Oasis, Garden to the Max and Frugal Urban Farmer. During the event, visitors will choose the "People's Choice" award.

Visit our website to learn more, join the Facebook event and see preview photos. Tickets for the Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour are $12 each and $5 for kids, with discounts for groups, Seattle Tilth members and bicyclists. Buy tickets online.


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