Wouldn’t your hens be happy in this coop? Happy Hen Treats, Best in Show sponsor, is donating this deluxe coop with a Happy Hen product prize package to one lucky winner!
2015 is off to a great start. We got this lovely update from Skip Connett and Erin Flynn, Farmers for Green Gate Farm, location for our 2014 Tour beneficiary Permablitz for New Farm Institute, held in cooperation with the Austin Permaculture Guild. [Read more…]
2014 Funky Chicken Tour proceeds benefitted New Farm Institute, the 501(c)(3) educational arm of Green Gate Farms. We put our financial support to a call to action, by working with the Austin Permaculture Guild to host a Permablitz for our beneficiary.
Urban Poultry Association of Texas is pleased to donate $1,500 of proceeds from the 2014 Funky Chicken Coop Tour® to New Farm Institute (NFI) at Green Gate Farms via a Permablitz organized by the Austin Permaculture Guild. A permablitz is a a community organized and supported event to spread permaculture design, practice, and implementation through out the Central Texas Area.We will be creating a system to support a forest garden that mimics the patterns of nature’s systems while showing you how to do it yourself.
Getting ready for fall planting? Learn how your feathered friends can help! Come out on August 5th to Wheatsville Food Co-op South Lamar from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. for their “Gardening with Chickens” class. Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-with-chickens-tickets-12037318945
What other pet makes you breakfast AND helps with garden work? In this class we’ll teach you key information for getting started raising chickens, including benefits, breed selection, and time considerations to this new pet commitment. We’ll provide an overview of a daily chicken maintenance routine to help participants decide if raising chickens is right for them and explore some ways to integrate poultry into a backyard food production system. Michelle Hernandez, Founder and Event Director of the Funky Chicken Coop Tour® brings her years of experience raising chickens, ducks, and guineas into the classroom experience. $15, at the 4001 S. Lamar Community Room.
Celebrate the beauty of the egg, inside and out!
Put your eggs to the ultimate urban challenge, and compete against youth and adults, urban and rural poultry owners, experienced breeders and backyard newcomers alike. The Austin Bluebonnet Egg Show is an Open Breed Egg Show. Eggs from all breeds of chickens will be on exhibit, and competing for top honors. We do a lot to take care of our chickens so they produce healthy beautiful eggs. With over $1200 in prizes, this is the show that rewards you for all that you do!
May 31, 2014, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Callahan's General Store
501 Bastrop Hwy.
Austin, TX 78741
There will also be a Decorated Egg Contest. If your egg is too plain, decorate it, dress it up, and bring it to the show! The Egg show also will have a live auction, bucket raffle, egg drive for Keep Austin Fed, and awards.
Enter your eggs or learn more at BluebonnetClassic.com or on the Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/AustinBackyardPoultry/events/156047012/
Did you see the chickens strutting their stuff on Tour Day at Tour HQ booths? You can thank Brazos Valley Poultry Club for those beauties! Now come join them just down the road in McDade, TX for the BVPC Summer Lawn Show!
Saturday, May 17th, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
McDade Watermelon Festival Grounds, 129 Bastrop Street, McDade, TX
The Lawn Show is a great way for the novice to learn what to expect at a show, and how to get started exhibiting your beautiful backyard and pure breed poultry. There will also be a silent auction and raffle, entries for the Empty Plate contest, and more!
Get the full scoop at the Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/AustinBackyardPoultry/events/156047202/
This is a free event hosted by the Sustainable Food Center, and is lots of fun! RSVP at: http://food.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=101081&view=RSVP
Come meet other people interested in growing food and make some new friends – or visit with familiar faces.
From SFC's website at:
In celebration of the completion of another season of Citizen Gardener and Austin Permaculture, Sustainable Food Center and the Austin Permaculture Guild invite you to the Spring 2014 Local Food Potluck Celebration! Join us at the lovely Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle Road) on Tuesday, May 13th from 6:00pm-8:30pm.
At this event, we’ll recognize the graduation of a new crop of Citizen Gardeners and Permaculture Design Course graduates. We will also honor farmers, ranchers, gardeners, chefs, and others building our local food movement. Everyone is welcome!
Please bring a dish and beverage to share that feature local ingredients. How about greens from a local farmer, lemonade with mint from your herb garden, beer from a local brewery, or a tomato-cucumber salad from your home or school garden?
6:00 – 6:30: Settle in, label dishes, meet your neighbors
6:30 – 7:30: Dig in, celebrate
7:30 – 8:30: Graduation ceremonies & opportunity to share projects in the local food movement. We encourage you to share what you do in a minute or less!
To thank Barr Mansion for their hospitality, we suggest bringing $5 cash for a donation.
Spread the word, so plenty of folks can join in this truly special celebration! We hope to see you there!
New Farm Institute, the Funky Chicken Coop Tour 2014 beneficiary, will have a fall 2014 Permablitz, with helping hands courtesy of the Austin Permaculture Guild.
A Perma-what?? Come find out more and help the community this weekend!
Join the Austin Permaculture Guild May 10-11th at Eastside Memorial High School to help teach the students there how to build a perennial food garden and learn how to do so yourself. “This will be the first high school we have blitzed at and we are very excited about it!”
Eastside Memorial High School
1012 Arthur Stiles Rd
Austin, TX 78721 Map
We will be creating multiple berm and swale systems to catch rain water from the roof as well as a keyhole garden bed designed by the students. These will both all be planted with native and cultivated fruit and nut trees, nitrogen fixing farmer's trees, perennial herbs, fruits and veggies, summer cover crops, and a drip irrigation system.
Schedule will run as follows (subject to change; watch the weather and the Austin Permaculture Guild Meetup for updates).
Saturday, May 10:
9-10am: Site layout and permaculture design lesson
1:30pm-5pm: More work!
Sunday, May 11:
9-10am: Lesson on native plants and drip irrigation
1:30-5pm: Planting and laying drip irrigation
Please bring a $20 donation so we can keep these events monetarily sustainable. As always breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. Be sure to bring with you your own utensils to cut down on waste, a canteen for water, sun protection, your favorite tools (please mark them!), a pen, notebook, a willingness to learn and work together, and an open mind!
We look forward to yet another one of these transformational events and hope you will join us in the spread of permaculture design and practice! Please invite your friends and feel free to share the flyer below.