Urban Chickens & Ducks
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 overall garden and contribute to your food production.
Chickens not only save on grocery bills, but assures that your food is grown in a safe environment. 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 also have the opportunity to hug a backyard chicken before you leave!
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 transport/parking options getting to the garden?
There is available street parking, though be advised it can be challenging on weekends. Many buses and trains stop nearby, making public transportation a great option! The 44 O'Shaughnessy, 6 Parnassus, N Judah and other lines all stop nearby.
What should I bring to the workshop?
Classes are held outside in our teaching garden. We recommend bringing a hat & sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes and lots of layers. You may want to bring a notebook to take notes on what you are learning and we recommend bringing a full water bottle as well.
Do you cancel classes due to rain?
We try our best not to cancel classes, but if the weather report suggests it is very likely it will be pouring rain during the class time, we will cancel the class that morning. We do hold classes in drizzling weather, and recommend students dress appropriately.