Well tomorrow is the big day at Double S Farms.  It is the second annual Tour de Coops and the first time that Double S Farms will be on the list of gardens and chicken coops to visit.

I do plan on being at Double S Farms for a good part of the day tomorrow (Saturday).  Double S Farms is in Gilbert.  I’m not sure how many stops will be included in Gilbert since Tour de Coops includes the Phoenix metro area, but I hope some of you who live nearby are able to visit and see not only the chickens and their coop, but the vegetable garden, the fruit trees and the newest addition, the barn shed.

My sister, Chicken Farmer, blogged about it a few days ago and here is her post which explains much more about it:

2nd Annual Tour de Coops

When the idea of being chicken owners was just bouncing around in our heads last year, we had the opportunity to attend the 1st Annual Tour de Coops in the greater Phoenix area. The Tour de Coops is a self-guided tour of the valley’s coolest chicken setups. (Kind of like one of those holiday home tours but way cooler).

We had an amazing time touring the different chicken set ups at different homes throughout the valley and talking with the owners. It was after attending the tour that we decided raising urban poultry was definitely in our future and set off with plans for our own coop filled with baby chicks (you can read all about the beginning of our chicken adventure here).

A couple of months ago, the Phoenix Permaculture Guild put out a “call for coops” to be on this year’s tour. We were all over that and quickly submitted our detailed application. Once they looked over our application, they sent someone over to check out our coop to ensure that it was seriously cool (and it totally is). They agreed and this year our cool little coop (as well as our chickens, gardens, trees, etc.) will be on display for this year’s tour. You all know how much I like to talk about my chickens and now I get to do it for an entire day – with a captive audience! Absolute heaven for me.

If you are in the Phoenix area and have any sort of interest in urban poultry or even urban gardening, I highly recommend this tour. It’s a blast and a great way to connect with like minded people.

2nd Annual Tour de Coops
December 4th, 2010
10am – 3pm

Visit www.tourdecoops.org for more details and ticket information

**Even if you do not have chickens, or don’t plan on getting some – this is a fun day and many of the stops will have gardens to enjoy as well 🙂
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

8 replies
  1. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    It sounds like fun, i wish i am nearby to join it. Also i have a dream to develop our property to be like your Double S Farms, as in all the trees and plants are labeled, a butterfly farm is included and the animal sheds are properly organized and maintained. This style is already being done here also as eco-tourism resorts, but my problem is of course finances. I already have the land but it doesnt go without funds. hehe. just a dream.

  2. Christine B.
    Christine B. says:

    I'm tempted to make a road trip down to Arizona expressly for the chicken tour. Ok, the warm weather would be a selling point, too.

    Unfortunately, I don't think I'll make it by tomorrow. 3600 miles is too far to drive in one day, even for me;)

    Christine in Alaska

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