Seattle Tilth is hosting its annual Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour of more than 50 sites in Seattle and beyond, including three sites around Greenwood, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
In this self-guided tour to over 50 sites, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate set-ups that took weeks of planning and building. See exactly how chickens, goats, ducks and honey bees live together with people in an urban environment. Learn by seeing!
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.
Here are the tour descriptions of the three sites in our neighborhood:
- Dayton Ave Farm (near N. 85th St. and Dayton Ave. N.): Our coop is home for 4 lovely chickens who roam freely in our yard during the day. The coop was conveniently built on a cement slab from a former spa. Designed to fit into the deck, this coop features two sets of windows, two nesting boxes, and a large garden roof attached to a rain barrel. Organic food garden with worm bin and compost system.
- 3 Bees (Near Holman Ave. and N. 85th St.): Kid Friendly, family run city farm includes honeybee hives, La Mancha Goats (kids due in July), chickens, red wiggler worms and Indian Runner ducks. Organic food garden, rain barrels, native plants, compost system and worm bin.
- Red Star Urban Farms (N. 110th St. & Fremont Ave.): Our Urban farming oasis features a chicken coop for eight ladies, a very fuzzy bunny, 500 worms, a tree house, bat box, organic vegetable garden, two bin composter and a newly renovated “party patio” originally built in 1954. Our coop is made of almost 100% reclaimed and recycled materials and we strive to make our home, garden and girls organic and green. We got hooked on chickens and coops on the Seattle Coop Tour so watch out!
Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets; the Seattle Tilth offices at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. #100; or at Walt’s Organic Fertilizer in Ballard, 1528 NW Leary Way.
Tickets are $12 ($10 for Seattle Tilth members); or $35 for families of groups of three to seven people ($30 if Seattle Tilth members).