A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Greenwood Hardware sponsors monthly Fix It Meetups, first Ladies Night is Friday

March 4th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts monthly Fix It Meetups on the first Wednesday of every month. Meetups are run by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Tool Library and are designed to help you fix broken gadgets, instead of throwing them out.

The PNA Fixers Collective is a pretty informal group of folks who meet up simply for the fun of taking stuff apart, putting it back together again, and maybe even fixing some things in the process. The general idea is just to take a moment before throwing something away to figure out if you can save it somehow and prevent yourself from having to buy a replacement. It’s also an excellent way to learn how things work and just enjoy some good company!

This Friday is the store’s first Ladies Night, featuring wine, chocolate, free T-shirts for the first 30 women, raffles, presentations and classes by local professionals, and a 20 percent off sale.

And the hardware store will soon have chicks on sale. They’re taking special orders now, but the store will have regular stock of Barred Rocks and Red Star beginning next week. They already carry feed and other supplies.

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4 chickens have flown the coop – help them get home

August 29th, 2013 by Doree

Gina tells us she saw four chickens clucking their way up the sidewalk near the corner of North 44th Street and Fremont Avenue in north Fremont this morning, heading west. Anybody missing their flock?

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Seattle Farm Supply opens in Greenwood

April 25th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Farm Supply has opened at the triangular corner of Holman Road, 3rd Avenue NW and NW 101st St., selling urban farming supplies, from chicken coops to feed and chickens, plus plant starts, raised garden beds and vermicomposting equipment.

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Owner Eric Jonas says he started the business out of his garage two years ago, selling chicken coops, then quickly expanded to feeders, water supplies, feed and chicks. He says he always wanted to move his business to this very corner, calling it his “dream location.”

Jonas hopes to also begin selling goats this week. He wants Seattle Farm Supply to be an educational resource for urban farmers, and plans to eventually offer classes.

The property owner still plans to use the space as a Christmas tree lot during the holiday season, but Jonas says his landlord has offered to continue to sell animal feed to his customers during that time.

Seattle Farm Supply is at 210 NW 101st St. It is open from 12-6 p.m. today and tomorrow, but starting this weekend it will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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Dead chicken found in Greenwood yard – do you know the owner?

April 1st, 2013 by Doree

Sarah tells us she found a dead chicken (or possibly a rooster, she couldn’t quite tell) in her back yard at North 92nd Street and Phinney Avenue North last Wednesday.

If you’re missing a chicken, please put a note in Comments.

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Chickens seen hanging around Fire Station 21

March 4th, 2013 by Doree

Shane sent us a picture of two chickens seen hanging around Fire Station 21 on Sunday.

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Does anyone know who they belong to?

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UPDATED: OWNER FOUND — Are you missing a chicken? Phinney Ridge neighbor is keeping it safe

February 13th, 2013 by Doree

Update: The chicken’s owner has been found!

Earlier: A Phinney Ridge woman tells us she found a chicken or rooster at 10 a.m. this morning on the east side of Palatine between North 70th and 72nd Streets. She’s keeping it in her yard until the owner is found.

If you think it might be yours, please email 7thof9@comcast.net with a description.

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White hen found in Greenwood

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

Duncan tells us a white hen has been hanging around his house for a couple of days, frequently roosting on his fence posts, just north of NW 95th Street and 7th Avenue NW. Is she yours?

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Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was lost!

February 28th, 2012 by Doree

Update: Chicken and owner have been reunited! From Kiva:

We’ve reunited neighbor and fowl! The chicken hadn’t traveled very far and we got to meet new neighbors and a standing invitation for the daycare kids to come see the chickens! Thanks for your help.

Earlier: Kiva tells us that her mom saw a chicken trying to cross the road – seriously – on 8th Avenue NW near the corner of NW 73rd Street today.

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3 Greenwood locations part of Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour on Saturday

July 5th, 2011 by Doree

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).

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Stray chicken found in neighborhood yard

January 5th, 2011 by Doree

Update: Paul says the owner of Velvet the chicken has taken her back home.

Earlier: Paul tells us that he and his wife found a stray chicken shivering in their yard near 97th Street and 1st Avenue on New Year’s Eve. If you think it’s yours, email him and describe the chicken.

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