7th Annual Tour de Coops – Valley Permaculture Alliance (Bike Tour hosted by PSP) – Phoenix, AZ – 11.14.2015
Tour HQ: The Chick-Inn at Southwest Autism Research & Resources Center
“The chicken coop, in conjunction with the garden (which produces 3000 pounds of organic produce annually) & rainwater harvesting cisterns provide educational & employment opportunities to adults with autism through social enterprise.” *
Libby and Joe of Phoenix Spokes People going over the route for Tour de Coops by Bicycle.
Seen on my ride: three cute puppy-dogs.
Rancho Heltez – Private residence in E Monte Vista Rd.
“[Rancho Heltez] features a complete Garden Pool system with chicken coop, an open pond, raised beds, and an aquaponics greenhouse.” *
The greenhouse at Rancho Heltez has inspired Ed and I to try to do something similar with the extra space in our side yard, currently holding junk we need to throw out. It probably won’t be an aquaponics greenhouse though. Not enough room for a pond.
Lots of first time group-riders on this tour. Love seeing families biking together and using their hand signals.
Buds Barn & EcoVillage at StarShine Academy charter-school
Biosecurity station at each coop.
“The StarShine Academy charter school was founded to teach the world to be sustainable & kind, beginning with our youngest members.” *
Oh little turkey… I’m a little scared for you 🙁
Seen on my ride: four little dudes playing on the street. Black Sabbath? Nice!
The GreenHouse Farm – Private residence in E Osborn Rd.
The girls are loving on Minnie. They are happy to see that this Barred Rock is much sweeter than ours. Our Barred Rock, Ruby, is one angry chicken.
The girls are working on a worm farm with the help of Garden Gal, Gail LaTour.
Little is super excited for having pulled out a wiggly worm for her farm with her own little fingers.
The worms are safe and sound in the Surly Big Dummy.
The Squawk Box – Residence in N 19th St.
“This site is a great example of keeping chickens without compromising your entertainment space…” *
A white Silky! I’ve never seen a chicken like this one before. It is the cutest thing! We might have to get one of these.
Ed took charge of the Dummy for a bit. Family tour marshal!
Holly & Eric’s Urban Farm – Private residence in N 16th Ave.
“This downtown lot features 16 chickens and multiple garden plots.” *
H&E’s Urban Farm inspired Ed and I to get rain barrels. According to the information they had posted you can get them for free at most Earth Day celebrations, and you can collect a lot of water in the summer months from your airco.
We had a great time at the 7th Annual Tour de Coops. We learned a lot, and we are excited to implement much of what we learned into our own home.
* Reference: 7th Annual Tour de Coops pamphlet.