Tour de Coops

Your Farm Foods brings bawk Tour de Coops Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10 am-3 pm

Find out what chickens are bawking about!! Come learn about keeping and raising chickens at Tour de Coops 2017. The tour promises interactive examples on how to incorporate chick- ens into sustainable household garden systems in the greater downtown Phoenix area. This one-day self-guided tour seeks to educate visitors about keeping hens and delight them with garden ideas and inspiration toward sustainable living. The tour provides guidance and inspi- ration for gardeners of all levels!

Help support urban sustainability. 100% of the tour proceeds benefit Your Farm Foods, a company committed to connecting consumers directly to local farmers through education, events, and technology. In addition to providing a fun, family friendly, community building event, YFF also hopes to energize those ”on the fence” to jump into the urban chicken keep- ing and sustainable living practices. Open to all ages, tour goers check in at Tour Headquar- ters (SARRC) for access to coop sites and activities. The tour showcases various hen houses and sustainable gardening practices but please leave pets at home, since some flocks are not accustomed to four-legged visitors.

The sites on the 8th Annual Tour de Coops are quite diverse, with a total of half-a-dozen coops to see. Revisit coops that have been on the tour in the past to see their changes and growth. And, be ready to tour new coops that you have not seen before. Tour hosts will share their experiences with chicken care, coop design, maintaining harmony among the chick-
ens and more. Interesting features on the tour this year include a community garden site, small family owned farm, many uses of recycled materials, water harvesting, a school garden

chicken coop, backyard goats, laundry to landscape greywater systems, rain gardens, com- posting, and more!

 

when

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Check-In is open from 9:30 am-12 pm

Coops are open from 10 am- 3 pm!

 

 

where

All Tour-goers MUST check-in at Tour Headquarters: 2225 N 16th St, just north of McDowell (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, SARRC, Vocational & Lifeskills Academy Satellite Office – NOT where Google Maps automatically sends you. Use address, not location name). 

At check-in, you will receive a wristband that grants access to all six of the day’s coops which are located in Greater Downtown Phoenix (within a 5-mile radius of Tour Headquarters). You will also receive a map that directs you to each of the coops!

Each coop will have a guest speaker or activities!

Coop 1. The Headquarters – SARRC will be our check-in site, complete with SuperFarm SuperTruck. At 10 am Kerry Audisho, Certified Health Coach, Gardener, Foodie, Owner of @YourFarmFoods and The Importance of Sustainable Backyards/Gardens and Local Food.

Coop 2. At 11 am, Laura Ungrvy, Owner of @BloomingRanch, organzier of Chicken Math Club, gardener, farmer, rancher will talk about chicken feed and fermented feed.

Coop 3. At 12 pm, Cricket Aldridge Owner of @gardenvariety.life, organizer of The Arizona Honeybee Festival on Nov. 18, beekeeper, gardener will be talking about bees.

Coop 4. At 1 pm, Steve McCarty Rock Star, Singer, Song Writer, Chicken and Garden Enthusiast and husband to Trish McCarty, Founder of @starshineacademy will be talking about the affects of a school farm/garden.

Coop 5. Will have local farm fresh eggs and produce for sale during the tour.

Coop 6. Will have children activites, complete with coloring, books and more!

 

 

what to know:

Pet policy
We are sorry but due to biosecurity measurements, there are no pets on the tour.
Accessibility
The tour is not compliant with general public accessibility standards, due to the private agrarian nature of the sites.
Appropriate Footwear
Please wear closed toed shoes and covered footwear. In order to keep our flocks and animals safe, all attendees must take biosecurity measurements when entering and exiting each property. Which means, you will need to place the soles of your shoes in a bleach like chemical.
Restrooms
There will only be two location with bathrooms available. They will be marked on the tour guide you will be given upon check out. Restaurants and businesses along the route may provide bathrooms at their own discresstion.
Attendees
All children must be guided by their parents and respect the animals and plants on each property. Our coop owners work hard to care for their chickens, yards, and other animals properly. We ask that nothing is moved, misplaced, or removed from the property and that all living plants and animals are not touched but observed and admired.
Access
Please limit access to the indicated public tour areas, please do not just wander around the property.
Sanitation
Please dispose of your own trash.
Parking
Please use designated parking areas. Please respect neighbor’s driveway entries when street parking, follow all city regulations when street parking, and no parking in coop site driveways.
Food + hydration
Please stay hydrated / sunscreen / hat
Participants are responsible for their own food and hydration between coop sites. No food or drink shall be brought into any of the coop sites.

what to wear/bring

  • Please wear shoes that are comfortable for walking around in and stepping in dirt or mud as some farms may have some dirt.
  • Please bring water as none will be provided.
  • Tour de Coops will be held rain or shine, so dress according to weather.
  • Your smile and your friends of all ages!

 

how

Purchase your tickets online at Your Farm Foods or on Eventbrite.

Advanced ticket pricing:

  • Adults 13 & up = $18
  • 2-Pack of adults = $30.00
  • children 12 & under = free