Summer has finally deigned to grace us with her warmth and, if you’re like me, you’re looking to make some garden in improvements. Maybe you’re even thinking of jumping on the urban farm craze that’s sweeping the nation like a pet rock spinning a hula hoop.
If so, your day of inspiration has arrived in the form of Seattle Tilth’s annual Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour, this Saturday, July 14 from 10 am – 4 pm.
Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour
Tour participants can get up close and personal with many varieties of chickens, as well as ducks, quail, geese, rabbits, mini dairy goats, honey bees and a pig, plus cows and a horse (outside the city).
Choose Your Own Adventure
Use our map with descriptions of each site and choose your own adventure or follow neighborhood routes in NE, NW, Central, SE and West Seattle. Use the neighborhood maps to tour by bike (see special bicyclist pricing)! The tour also includes a few sites outside the city including Everett, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Burien, Duvall and Issaquah.
The sites are diverse. Many incorporate salvaged materials and inspiring display of resourcefulness. Coops range from minimalist to elaborate and are designed by both amateurs and professional coop builders. Come see a commercial veggie farm in the city, a New Orleans style row house coop, Seattle 4-H club headquarters with bunnies and chickens, a container garden in an office building, an urban farm school for preschoolers with chickens and a pig, solar-powered automatic doors, converted dog kennels, outdoor hydroponics and an urban farm bed and breakfast
Tickets for the Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour are $12 each and $5 for kids, with discounts for groups, Seattle Tilth members and bicyclists. Buy tickets online at or at participating businesses.
Liza Burke of Tilth tells us there are 5 participating farms in Wallingford, so you don’t even have to walk far!