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Fifty Hosts Show Off Backyard Animals and Gardens on July 9

Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour Inspires Urban Farmers

Jun 23, 2011

Troy from Red Star Urban Farm in north Seattle shares the moment his family decided to raise chickens. “We went on the tour last year, and by the third house we were hooked!” One year later, they’ve become tour hosts, delighted to join the growing numbers of urban farmers in the region and share what they’ve learned.

On Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., this year’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour will offer much inspiration with fifty unique sites available to visit on the self-guided tour.

Seattle Tilth has been organizing this community event for over a decade, originally to encourage people to raise chickens in the city. Since then, the event has expanded in both topic and turf to include urban and suburban sites, as well as a wide variety of animals and agricultural practices. Tour participants get face time with ducks, mini dairy goats, honey bees, geese and a couple sheep with (hopefully) new born lambs, even a cow and horse. The territory ranges from Edmonds to Renton, with sites in Issaquah and Duvall, and everywhere in between.

Using our map with descriptions of each site, you can choose your own adventure. Some highlights include a Coop Expo at the Rainier Beach Farm with several builders ready to show-off a variety of coops that are made-to-order, a certified organic garden-to-market project used for mental health therapy, a community garden with a large chicken coop for Asian immigrant elders, a chicken coop with a green roof, rain barrels and neighboring goats, and a diverse garden with bees, worm bins and medicinal plants used to make herbal tinctures and salves. 

After meeting community members leading the way in the urban livestock movement, you can do more than just dream about fresh and nutritious eggs, milk, and honey from your own backyard!  Seattle Tilth teaches classes throughout the year on raising chickens, goats, ducks and bees and organic gardening. See what’s coming up at

Tickets for the Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour are just $12 each, with discounts for groups and families and Seattle Tilth members. Buy tickets at: or find more information on Seattle Tilth’s website:



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