FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2014
Chickens Serve as Strategic Zero Waste Partners
Mark your calendars, Austin foodies, gardeners and chicken fans for April 4, 2015! The 7th Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour® (FCCT) will be all about chickens and the garden. Our feathery friends are crucial to the health and vitality of our garden soil: their waste serves to super-charge the compost pile while their scratching and pecking helps loosen Austin’s heavy soils. Healthy garden soil not only grows better plants and vegetables but also holds water better and reduces erosion. Soil that ends up in rivers, streams and lakes contributes to flooding while pesticides and fertilizers carried with the soil also contaminate bodies of water.
Maybe you thought chickens were good for eggs, plus pretty and fun to watch, but they can do so much more! Chickens help process food scraps, grass clippings and leaves, reducing the amount of waste going into landfills; instead, chickens return the waste to the soil, where it can do the most good. All that biomass never needs to leave the yard. Our feathered friends serve as bio-recyclers and waste-reducers and they help us cope with drought and reduce water consumption, all while giving us healthy, delicious eggs!
Visit Coop Tour Headquarters at Sunshine Community Gardens, in a cooperative arrangement with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 4814 Sunshine Drive, Austin, Texas 78756. Tour Headquarters opens at 8:15 a.m., with free family-friendly events starting at 8:30 a.m. Coops viewing around town will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Per person tickets (ages 13 and over) for coop viewing are available now online. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Select locations around Austin will also have Tour tickets available closer to Tour day. Online ticket purchasers will be entered on Tour Day to win a deluxe coop, which can house up to six hens, donated by Happy Hen Treats. Visit our website for more information.
FCCT is an event of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc., and welcomes your donations. There are still opportunities to volunteer.
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