It’s Earth Day every day for our Tour de Cluck coops, hives, and edible gardens! Here’s a sneak peek into the tour.
We hope you are out celebrating Picnic Day and Earth Day 2017 today. What a lovely day for it all! Once you’ve rested your weary feet from a day of fun, check out our list of stops for Tour De Cluck 2017 on May 6th. These folks are living examples of earth-friendly practices from chicken coops and beehives to water conservation and composting. For them every day is Earth Day.
- Crees Brothers Farms features a goat farm and a fruit orchard. After buying one goat as a companion for their horse, they quickly fell in love and decided to get more! A few years later, there is now a Nigerian Goat Dwarf breeding farm right here in Davis! They have agreed to open their doors to Tour de Cluck participants. You’ll be able to pet the adorable goats and learn about goat keeping from the experts.
- Home stop that features a chicken coop, edible garden, rain water collection, and beehive. This home shows how to integrate sustainable practices into a visually beautiful display while still having the space to entertain and enjoy your backyard. Stop by and see how it’s done!
- Home stop that features a chicken coop, edible garden, and a Blue Barrel rainwater catchment system. Built entirely from information gleaned from online tutorials, this chicken coop showcases industriousness at its finest. Entirely secured (even compared during our visit to Fort Knox) these safe and happy chickens are a must-see.
- Home stop named “L+R Farms” that features a chicken coop, edible garden, and rain water collection. If you want to meet some very happy chickens, come to L+R Farms! These chickens even have a planter full of many greens that they can eat that the owners of this coop call “chicken salad”. These hens are spoiled in the most adorable possible way!
- Blue Barrel Systems that features the Blue Barrel rain water catchment system. You’ll see the display in our tent at the start of the tour, and here you’ll see the system in action! This Davis-based company uses innovative and sustainable technology to create a rainwater catchment system that fits any needs.
- Home stop called “Koop’s Coop” that features a chicken coop and an edible garden. If you’re looking for advice from experienced chicken keepers, make sure to stop by Koop’s Coop. The second generation chicken keepers will be able to answer questions and provide valuable insight on how to best maintain your flock.
- Home stop named “The Amazing Musical Chickens” features a chicken coop for talented chickens. If you want to see chickens living in the lap of luxury, look no further. This custom-built coop is state of the art in every way. The chickens even play the xylophone to show you just how happy they are!
- The Beecharmers features beehives and beekeeping information. Do you want to learn more about bees and beekeeping? Come to The Cannery. The Beecharmers can answer any questions you may have about beekeeping, from the most simple to the most complex.
- Fiery Ginger Farm features chicks, chickens and chicken keeping information. Fiery Ginger Farm is an urban farm and will have young chicks for all to see. They have information on urban farming in the area and on chicken keeping in general. Stop by to see the chicks and stay to get more information about urban farming from the pros.
- Purple Rain features rainwater collection. Purple is the universal color symbolizing reclaimed water and this stop has an entirely purple rainwater catchment system. If you want to see what rainwater collection can do and learn a thing or two about gardening along the way, then make this your destination!
- Birch Lane Elementary features a chicken coop, edible garden, and compost/worm bins. Want to see Davis Farm to School in action? Stop by Birch Lane Elementary to see what the students see. The students at Birch Lane have a chicken coop, an edible garden, an elaborate composting system and a garden coordinator who makes it all happen. Come see and learn as the kids do!
- Cesar Chavez Elementary features an edible garden, composting and their annual Fiesta. Cesar Chavez Elementary shows off what garden-based education can do. Here, you’ll see what makes gardens in school a mission we all should support. Make it a whole day affair! Tour de Cluck participants are invited to the Annual CCE FIESTA! An open house showcasing the history and diversity of Latin Cultures (May 6, 3pm-6pm)
- Home stop that features a technology powered chicken coop. Are you interested in having chickens, but worried about the time commitment involved? Then make sure to stop here. This chicken coop is almost entirely automated and controlled from a smart phone so the chickens can be self-sufficient for days. Ask about how to integrate more technology into your coop or home!
- Home stop named “Chestnut Chicken Gang” that features a chicken coop. After taking part in last year’s Tour de Cluck, this young family was inspired to get their own coop. They currently have two chickens, and are planning on expanding their flock. They have a beautiful, large space and their coop is entirely hand made.
- Home stop that features a chicken coop, edible garden, rainwater collection, and a greenhouse for growing seedlings. All about maximizing space, this home manages to squeeze many features into a small space. Using vertical farming techniques and several innovative irrigation and chicken keeping systems, this home is able to make the most of its compact space.
- Home stop named “Chicken TV” features a chicken coop, edible garden, and home winemaking. The homeowners here are new to chicken-keeping but can tell you all you need to know (and probably some things you didn’t expect) about what it’s like to get and keep chickens.
- Home stop (or homestead) that features a chicken coop, edible garden, rainwater collection, beehive, gray water system, solar panels, compost/worm bins, oh my! This place has it all. Almost entirely off the grid and producing over 100% of their own produce, this home is more like an urban farm than a typical house. In a small amount of space, they are able to make their home almost entirely self-sustaining.
- Home stop named “Little Red Hen House” features a chicken coop and edible garden. This Amish-built coop contains chickens of all ages, and visitors will be able to learn about how to introduce new chicks to the hens you already have. There will also be many photos of the young chicks that were recently added to this diverse flock.
- Home stop that features rainwater catchment, agave harvest nursery, and drought-tolerant garden. Stop by and learn more about making your home more water-efficient. As plant enthusiasts, they can answer many intricate garden-related questions and help you with the ins and outs of having your own home garden.
In addition to all these great stops, we have lots of fun things cooking for you this year for the Tour de Cluck 2017, including fun activities at Central Park, a silent auction, and coordination with the Cesar Chavez Elementary School Annual Fiesta that you can attend from 3-6, just after checking out the CCE school gardens. The DJUSD food truck will be there to serve their always-from-scratch cooking, including tacos and more.
So after you celebrate Picnic Day and Earth Day 2017, recoop 😉 and get ready for the fun and planet-friendly Tour de Cluck event on May 6th! Tickets are available now here.