Archive for May, 2014

Sustainable Ag Camp at Triton College

Urban Ag Camp   July 14-17th 9am-3pm

  • Visit Chicago’s best urban farms
  • Meet leaders in the local food movement
  • Learn about jobs in the emerging green economy

Sponsored by Triton College’s new Sustainable Agriculture Technology program, this experiential 4-day summer camp is designed to provide high school students with a hands-on perspective of our local food system.  Participants will learn about opportunities in the emerging green economy through site visits to urban farms, conversations with innovative entrepreneurs, and tastings at local restaurants.  The way that we think about food and farming is being turned up-side-down.  Register now to learn more!

Taught by Nathan Wright (Triton College) and Cheryl Munoz (The Sugar Beet Coop).  Camp materials to be provided.  24hrs of class time.

COST:  Free

REGISTRATION:  Contact Triton College’s Continuing Education Department, (708) 456-0300 x 3500 and register for CMP C50 101 Sustainable Urban Agriculture Camp.  Registration is limited to 20 students, 14 to 18 years old.

FOR QUESTIONS (or to be added to our waiting list):  Contact Nathan Wright, Faculty or (708) 456-0300 x 3073.

Home to Roost Involved in Prize-Winning Community Design

My work with Heartland Housing involved designing and installing a chicken coop for a hotel that was converted into affordable housing units. It was a fun and challenging project, and included working with the architects’ ideas of aesthetics and the hens’ need to be chickens!

The end result earned the architectural firm, Landon Bone Baker (LBBA), a first-place Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design! Congrats to LBBA and Heartland for all the hard work on this project. It was a delight to be part of the process! 



Upcoming Events and Classes

5/24   Oak Park Conservatory: chicken keeping class: To register, call the Registration office at 708-725-2031

5/31   Oak Park Conservatory: chicken health class: To register, call the Registration office at 708-725-2031

6/21   Homewood: chicken keeping and coop building classes

6/23   Lemont: chicken keeping class

6/28   Toyota Park: Cook County 4-H Fair judge

7/21   Northlake: chicken keeping class: to Register call (708) 562-2301, ask for Adult Services.

7/26   Deerfield: chicken keeping class

7/??   Location TBD:Chicken health class with Angelic Organics Learning Center

9/20-21 Windy City Coop Tour


Need personal assistance? Check out my services page for information on housecalls and other personalized services.

Thinking about chickens? Nine things to consider

Here is a link to a previous post on what to consider before getting chickens. If you’re considering chicken ownership, think through these points before getting chicks!

WGN covers Home to Roost

Here’s the piece from WGN! A fun piece: Chickens in the City: Urban coops growing in popularity

Thanks to producer Pam Grimes and the WGN team for the coverage.

Interested in keeping chickens? Check out my upcoming events and classes.


UPDATE: WGN Piece to Air on Thurs., May 15, 9 PM

Note that the WGN piece will run Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 9 PM, not May 17, as originally reported.

Vet Panel on Avian Health 5/17

The Avicultural Society of Chicago is hosting a vet panel on avian health, including top-notch avian vets in the area. It will prove to be an educational day! For more information, click here. 

The Importance of Quarantine: Great Article

Quarantine is important to any flock of birds, exotic or domestic. This article illustrates the effects of disease in a New Hampshire chicken-keeping community.

For more information on chicken diseases, join me on May 31 for my next chicken health class at the Oak Park Conservatory:

I’ll also be leading a health class in July with Angelic Organics Learning Center.

Thursday, May 15, 2014: Home to Roost and Chicago Chicken Keepers on WGN

On Thurs., May 15, 2014, WGN is slated to run a piece on urban chicken keeping on the 9 PM news. Home to Roost and two of Chicago’s chicken keepers will be featured.

Tune in for this fun story!



Home to Roost at Grace Lutheran School, River Forest

Home to Roost enjoys the opportunity to introduce kids to chickens for the first time! The kids are usually SO excited to be able to pet a chicken.

The 3-5 year olds at Grace Lutheran School in River Forest were no exception! They filed in very quietly, reminding each other in stage whispers that they needed to be very, very quiet so as not to scare the chicken. It must have taken every ounce of energy they had to contain themselves so well.

We talked a little about chickens, eggs, hens, and roosters. Everyone got a chance to touch the bird and work on some chicken-related crafts.

Kudos to Mrs. Koetke and the other teachers for having such a well-behaved group of kids! It was such a rewarding opportunity. Even more rewarding were some of the little ones’ thank-yous. Children’s art is priceless!

Here are some pix from my morning at Grace.