Tour de Coop

December 5th

Tour de Coop!

Yesterday was the Phoenix Permaculture Guild’s annual tour de coop — a city-wide tour of more than a dozen backyards of families raising birds. To say this is kind of day — one spent with girlfriends, laughter, gardens, animals and lots of opportunity to take photographs — is perfect isn’t quite strong enough emotionally. I was like a five year old on Christmas morning. I  bounced around all week waiting to fly the coop and peck around with my chicks! (Some opportunities are such fabulous fodder for my elementary school sense of punny humor.)

Yes, my friends are patient. They also, on occasion, pretend to dance like chickens:

Tour de Coop!

One home had a very thematic backyard and a couple birds roaming:

Tour de Coop!

Tour de Coop!

Tour de Coop!

Tour de Coop!

Tour de Coop!

Another had “high security” for their chickens:

Tour de Coop!

But really, the winner winner chicken dinner in my book was the home that had the most elaborate and gorgeous garden I’ve ever seen. Most of which, was in their front yard. (Viva la permaculture!)

Tour de Coop!

Tour de Coop!

Tour de Coop!

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Tour de Coop!

Tour de Coop!

Of course, they also had 20 chickens and a bunch of fruit trees. I have to guess they sell their eggs and produce at the farmer’s market. I cannot imagine having 20 eggs nearly every day doesn’t quickly become a pain unless you are gathering to sell.

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Of course this day did nothing to squelch my love of chickens and my continued desire to have a tiny urban homestead with a gaggle of my own animals.

Tour de Coop!

Yep. Can’t wait. Old McDonley will have a farm.

~K

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10 Responses

  1. “To say this is kind of day — one spent with girlfriends, laughter, gardens, animals and lots of opportunity to take photographs — is perfect isn’t quite strong enough emotionally.”

    Hmmm. I remember being there, too. And I’m pretty sure I don’t qualify as a “girlfriend,” girlfriend…

    🙂

  2. Ah–my heart is all a flutter over these photos… Still with dreams of that sheep farm–producing the finest hand dyed & spun yarns…and stories…and art…ahhhhhh…it’s time to make dreams happen Kelli!
    I haven’t told you before, but every day on my way to work, I pass through a back-canyon road where there is a little farm house on a few acres and the sign above the entrance to the driveway used to read (prior to the new owners purchasing it)”Old McDonnely Farm”…not the same spelling, but I thought of you none-the-less- and I still see it and think of you. Wishing you smiles and love and dreams coming true this rainy California night…

  3. Ohhh garden envy!!

  4. Sounds like a perfectly lovely day!

    I’m trying to talk DS into joining a 4H group and raising a chicken or two. I think it’d be a great experience for all of us.

  5. Can’t wait to see your farm one day….. I’m sure it will be one of a kind!

  6. Tucson had a Tour de Coop yesterday too and I dearly wanted to go, but didn’t. Our son and his wife have 4 chickens and we fairly regularly get a few of the beauties and oh how different a backyard chicken egg is than a store bought one. I love the urban farmers around here. They also has a greenhouse in the making, they harvest water for irrigation of their garden and other plants. Sustainability…ya gotta love it. Good luck to you in your dream of a McDonelly Farm someday.

    Blessings to you Kelli…Helen

  7. Rebilouwall December 6, 2010

    McDonley – snicker. I laughed at my desk reading this.

  8. E-I-E-I-O, Baby! 🙂

  9. Oh man this looks like a blast. I’m so sad I was too overstimulated to make it! Thanks for letting me live vicariously through photos 🙂

  10. I am so bummed I was cooped (ha ha) in my cubicle on Saturday. 🙁 Glad you had fun! I’m trying to get Mr. Anderson (my aunt and uncle’s neighbor) to give me and a few friends a tour of his fancy coop. I’ll keep you updated.

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