June 12: Urban Chicken Coop Tour

Chicks in the Hood and the Tour de Coop
Curious about what it would take to raise chickens in the city? Have a hankering for fresh local eggs in the morning?  Wish you could take advantage of some of the benefits of country living right here in the City?
Or maybe you just like chickens...

Join us for the First Ever City of Pittsburgh Chicks-in-the-Hood Urban Chicken Coop Tour, a self-guided tour of backyard chicken coops around the City. Take a peek at backyards all over town for creative coop ideas and a chance to talk chicken with owners and other poultry enthusiasts.  Plus you’ll get a chance to see other back- yard sustainability practices in place — like rain barrels, organic gardening techniques, composting, and more.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Tickets for the tour are $5 - kids are free! Ticket purchase gets you a map with directions to each participating coop on the tour. All proceeds from each ticket sale will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Urban Agriculture Programs, including The Farm Stand Project and the Plant-A-Row Project.

Tickets will be available the morning of the tour at The Quiet Storm   www.qspgh.com at 5430 Penn Avenue in Friendship/Garfield, Tazza D’Oro  www.tazzadoro.com at 1125 North Highland Avenue in Highland Park, Crazy Mocha  www.crazymocha.com, 2 East North Avenue on the North Side, and 7665 Lock Way West, Pittsburgh, PA  15206, located at the Highland Park Dam at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Allegheny River Boulevard.  Questions or advanced tickets? Contact Jody by email noblechoder@aol.com or 412.441.4975.

Bikers can join in on the Tour de Coop Ride... 4 coops @ Frick Park and Highland Park, and the 3 coops on the Northside.  Look for the Bike Tour info when you purchase your tickets at the above locations.  The Chicks-in-the-Hood Bike Tour Starts strategically at the Commonplace Coffeehouse in Squirrel Hill  at 9:00 am (a few doors East from that Carnegie Library branch).  Group Departs promptly at 9:15 am and will head first to Josh & Kathy Knauer's coop, only a few blocks away off Beechwood but down a big hill.  From there, the group will ride to see the 3 coops in the Highland Park Area.   For those bikers who want to do both legs of the tour, they will then begin the connector leg to the Northside to visit 3 coops in that vicinity.

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