There is a huge movement to keep small farm animals in backyards across the nation. By keeping chickens or ducks you can increase the health of your garden and produce even more of your own food. In this workshop, we'll walk you through the steps to setting up your flock, review different coop designs, and give an overview of chicken husbandry so you can keep your birds healthy. You will even have the opportunity to hug our expert instructors' very own backyard chickens!
INSTRUCTORS: Jamie Chan & Blas Herrera
Jamie & Blas are natives of San Francisco. Growing up among concrete and row houses only fueled their love of the outdoors. Now they tend a small homestead in San Francisco with their two little girls, complete with honey bees, chickens, greenhouse, mini orchard and vegetables. Blas has a degree in environmental studies and a certificate in sustainable design from the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco. He is passionate about reuse and envisioning a garden as a closed system. Jamie has a masters in science from SF State University and is a certified UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener. She loves the science behind gardening and sharing it in an accessible way to everyone! In the gardening world you can often find them volunteering at their local community greenspace Sisterhood Gardens, posting #veggieporn on instagram and running their landscape/educational company Fog City Gardener.
What are my transportation/parking options?
Although there is street parking available, it can be challenging on weekends. Public transportation is frequent and nearby, so it's a great option! The 6, 36, 43, and 44, bus lines and the N Judah all run within a few blocks of the garden. Forest Hill Station is also nearby and you can take the 43 or 44 directly from there to the garden.
What should I bring to the workshop?
Classes are held outside in our teaching garden. We recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes, a full water bottle, and lots of layers. You may also want to bring a notebook to take notes on what you are learning and you are welcome to bring food and join us for a picnic lunch in the garden at noon.
Do you ever cancel workshops?
We try our best not to cancel, but if the weather forecast suggests it is very likely to be pouring rain, we will cancel the workshop and notify attendees by 5pm the day before. We do hold classes in drizzling weather, however, so come prepared with rain gear. We are also occasionally forced to cancel workshops due to other unforeseen circumstances. In any case, we will happily register you for another workshop or refund your workshop fee.