Sunday Jul 14, 2013
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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This free, family-oriented tour is a celebration of backyard chicken and rabbit keepers, many of which also have vegetable and ornamental gardens.
Some also feature other livestock, such as ducks or goats.Â A few of the stops even have eggs, fruits or vegetables for sale or barter. Â The Tour is a great way to see what is possible in urban backyard farming, and features coops of all shapes and sizes as well as excellent use of recycled materials.Â Many poultry breeds are represented, and the owners are eager to share their knowledge and expertise, offering tips and tricks to the experienced chicken keeper as well as those new to animal husbandry. This year, the Tour will feature chicken coops and rabbitries on the south of Central Avenue (part of the famous Route 66) and in the East Mountains on Saturday, July 13, followed by stops north of Central Avenue on SundayÂ July 14.Â The Tour takes place from 10 AM to 2 PM each day. The tour is being organized this year by the Bernalillo County 4-H Small Animals Projects, and will include many tours stops hosted by 4-H an non-4H families. Bernalillo County 4-H is a youth development program with opportunities for youth to explore all facets of agriculture, home economics, engineering, science, leadership, and life in general. For more information contact the Bernalillo County Extension office at 243-1386.
A map for all stops, with a brief description of each, will be posted online on Wednesday, July 10 at http://berncosa.blogspot.com/.Â For additional information, please visit that site or contact Kevin Wellman at BerncoSAS@gmail.com Â There is still time for chicken and rabbit keepers to enroll as a participating Tour stop; they can do so by contacting through the Bernalillo County Small Animal Projects Blog Â Â