The Funky Chicken Coop(R) Tour Promotes Sustainable Living in Austin
Saturday, March 30th, 2013, 10am-4pm, is the fifth annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour(R), a self-guided tour held each spring in Austin, Texas. The FCCT promotes local sustainable food, healthy living, and funky fun, demonstrating the many ways chickens can be incorporated into an urban residence. Visit the Information Center at Buck Moore Feed and Supply, 5237 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas, 78751 to start the tour. Coops include a variety of construction designs and materials, from recycled creations to custom coops. Many coops integrate into larger projects, including organic gardens, sustainability and permaculture efforts, and school activities.
Austin is a great place to raise chickens and a fantastic place to ride a bike. Explore Austin's urban chicken coops on four wheels or two wheels. This year, with the help of Bike Austin, the Funky Chicken Coop Tour(R) will feature the first Tour de Funky Chickens bicycle tour, with guided a bike ride departing from the Information Center at 11:30am, to a few of the coops on the tour. Take part in the guided bike tour, or make your own route.
Each year the FCCT donates a portion of the proceeds to a local organization. This year highlights two organizations that promote education, community, and local food: Urban Patchwork and Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability (PEAS). Buy a map, T-shirt & raffle tickets to support the cause.
It is recommended you buy your tour map early at http://austincooptour.org/2013/tickets . Your map is your entry to the tour. Get a limited edition tour t-shirt, with artwork by Lauren Scheuer, illustrator and author of the dearly loved Scratch and Peck Blog. Enter the raffle for a chance at the Grand Prize Omelette House Coop, or a Deluxe Chicken Mobile Stagecoach, and other prizes from our sponsors. For the latest in raffle prizes, visit our website at http://austincooptour.org.
Start the day at the Buck Moore Information Center with a free presentation by Cameron Molberg, of Coyote Creek Farm and Organic Feed Mill, on "Getting Started With Chickens". Meet Rob Ludlow, owner of BackyardChickens.com from 9-11 am introducing his new book, "Chicken Health for Dummies." Lauren Scheuer will be there with her new book release, "Once Upon a Flock: Life with my Soulful Chickens". Connect with the Austin Backyard Poultry Meetup Group. The Brazos Valley Poultry Club and the Fancy Feathers 4-H Club will have a variety of exhibition poultry on display, and will be available to answer all of your poultry questions.
Grab a map and drive, bring your bike and ride! Find all the details at http://austincooptour.org .
The Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and serves as the parent organization for the FCCT and the Austin Backyard Poultry Meetup Group. The mission of the Urban Poultry Association is to promote urban poultry, and to provide support, training, and guidance for those interested or already raising poultry and producing healthy food in an urban yard.