Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chicken Coop Work Days at Imani Garden in Partnership with NYRP


Come help us welcome our little ladies to Brooklyn! Please email stacey (at) bkfarmyards (dot) com your level of experience so that we know how many people are coming. Schedule is shown below: we will post any updates here.

Imani Garden is located at Schenectady and Dean in Crown Heights, BK


Monday, March 22nd (10am - 4pm)
Demolition of old chicken run / Prepping site / Digging post holes
Alternate prep day in case of rain is Wednesday, March 24th

Monday March 29th-Thursday April 1 (8am - 4pm)
Build chicken coop and run

April 2nd: Our ladies arrive!

What to Bring
Please come prepared with closed toe shoes, gloves & tools if you have them, and a lunch.

Urban Chickens
During the workday you will learn about chicken habitat: where they like to lay their eggs, how they like to sleep, what kind of urban wildlife prey on chickens and how to protect them. Take a look at our website for more detailed workshops coming up this spring and summer.

Our lovely ladies moving into the coop in April are: 12 leghorns, 10 rode island reds, 6 black austroplorps, 1 barred rocks, 4 golden buffs, and several still to be determined. Take a look at our Egg CSA if you live in the neighborhood and would like a weekly share of fresh, local eggs!

Imani Garden

The Imani Garden is rooted in the adjacent Our Lady of Charity Church, whose committee of devoted environmental stewards began tending the site in 1982. Surrounded by one- and two-family residences and apartment buildings, this large garden encompasses three city lots and is located in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

In 2008, a group of local residents and permaculturists partnered with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to restore the site. The garden now grows a wide variety of heirloom fruits and vegetables, and has spaces for the community to use and enjoy. In addition, students from nearby P.S. 140 volunteer their time to help maintain the space, while they learn gardening and landscaping techniques that range from weeding to bulb planting.