Michelle Hernandez

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Austin, TX, USA Zone 8b
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Join us at Scissortail Microfarmsin creating explosive abundance with a weekend permablitz! This site had its original Permablitz done 3 years ago, so you can see how things are doing and learn from the owners' mistakes and successes.

• Come for as little or as long as long as you'd like for the event.

* The Permablitz will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Watch for updates in the case of severe weather (but we are pretty tough!)

• Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. Dinner will be provided for campers.

• Bring a tent if you want to do some overnight camping on Saturday.

• Please bring a water bottle, gloves, shovels, rakes, hoes, pick axes, wheel barrows, etc. if you have them!

* Thank you for leaving your pets at home. *

Get more information on preparing for a permablitz at the Austin Permaculture Guild website

or see the reports of some past Permablitzes in Central Texas at EarthRepairCorps.org

You can also RSVP for the event on:

* Facebook Permablitz Event

* the Austin Permaculture Guild Meetup

2 years ago
Growing Food With and For Chickens
A Free Pre-Tour Educational Event Featuring Nationally Recognized Chicken Expert Patricia Foreman




The 8th Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour: Chickens as Zero Waste Heroes is just around the corner! In the lead-up to the Tour, special guests Patricia Foreman and a special feathered co-presenter will pay a rare visit to Austin with a free presentation all about how to transform food deserts into growing food paradises by employing chickens—and their skill sets—to produce much of your own vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat. This not only saves on grocery bills, but you are assured that your food is grown in living, clean soils. Reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides by harnessing poultry power. Developing your chicken have-more plan is the most practical way to enable local foods, while at the same time produce food with superior nutritional value to keep you, your family and your community food-rich and healthy. This is the first time Pat has had a chance to present in Austin and it is not to be missed!

Growing Food With and For Chickens
Thursday, February 18th
6pm
St. Francis School
300 E. Huntland Dr. Austin, TX 78757

RSVPs appreciated and will be entered to win a prize at the event. Presentation will take place in the school’s cafeteria. Updates and details will be posted on our Meetup Group and our Facebook Event.

Presenter Bio
For over 25 years Pat Foreman has kept heritage chickens to help with the kitchen garden, egg and meat supply, soil enhancement, entertainment and as research assistants for books and workshops. Her chickens are her teachers. Pat and Oprah Hen-Free, are regular guests at workshops and book signings at major national festivals as well as on radio and TV talk shows, including NPR and CBS. She was the Co-host of the Chicken Whisperer Talk Show for 4 years, and is the author of the paradigm-shifting book: City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers.

ABOUT THE TOUR
The Funky Chicken Coop Tour® (FCCT) is an annual self-guided event held the Saturday of Easter weekend in Austin, Texas. It encourages city residents to raise backyard poultry by demonstrating the many ways poultry housing can be successfully incorporated into an urban residence. FCCT is an event of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc. UPAT is also the parent organization for the Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup.

CONTACT
Annelies Lottmann, pr@austincooptour.org
Website: http://AustinCoopTour.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AustinFunkyChickenCoopTour

And Don't Forget to Join Us on the Coop Tour!
We hope to see you all on March 26th between 10am and 4pm on the tour! Purchase online tickets here. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.
2 years ago
Planning to apply? Shake a tail feather b/c the deadline to apply is almost here!

Austin area poultry folks, the 2016 Funky Chicken Coop Tour wants YOUR poultry housing to apply for the Tour!

** DEADLINE TO APPLY is this Saturday, 1/24. **

Apply now at http://forms.austincooptour.org

We encourage all types of poultry housing - functional, funky, and everything in between. It's a great chance to share with other poultry enthusiasts your experiences raising your poultry flock, whether chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, turkeys or what not.
2 years ago


Are you doing part in 2016 to keep Austin FUNky with your very own backyard chicken coop, duck pen, or other poultry housing? Apply to show off your poultry habitat, funky or functional, for the 8th Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour. The deadline to submit is January 24th. Apply Now!

Both Funky and Functional Coops are encouraged to apply!

Chickens as Zero Waste Heroes
Our 2016 tour theme is Chickens as Zero Waste Heroes. Our feathered friends have an important role to play in helping the City of Austin reach its Zero Waste goals. Every good steward of urban poultry is encouraged to apply, and we’d especially like to show off zero waste backyard innovations.

Get more information on the FCCT website or apply now.
2 years ago
Join the Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup on 1/9/2016 at 10 a.m. at Callahan's General Store (501 Bastrop Hwy, Austin, TX) for your chicken questions and to meet fellow feathered friend supporters. Bring a finger food to share with the peeps. You can RSVP through the meetup here...or just come by!

About this Meetup group

The Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup Group is for people who have or are interested in raising small backyard flocks of chickens, ducks, guineas, turkeys, geese, quail, or other poultry for pets, eggs, meat, or exhibition. Our in-person meetups are headquartered in the Austin, Texas, area, with some Meetups in the surrounding Central Texas area. We welcome anyone interested in raising poultry to participate in our online forums, even if you can't always come to an in-person Meetup.

This meetup is organized under Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. UPAT's mission to educate people on the benefits of raising poultry as part of a sustainable food production system. UPAT is the parent organization for the Funky Chicken Coop Tour® (FCCT), an annual self-guided tour held each spring on Easter weekend in Austin, Texas. FCCT encourages people to raise chickens and other poultry at home. UPAT is also the parent organization for The Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup.
2 years ago

Mike Feddersen wrote:Here's well wishing an awesome event. It sounds like a great weekend project. Have you participated in many others?
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I wonder if similar programs are going on nationwide? Seasonal for sure.



Thanks, Mike. Are you in our area? If so, hope to meet you at the Permablitz.

I have participated in other permablitzes. They have been going on regularly in Central Texas since early 2013, (before I was even aware of them) put on by various Permie-minded folks. You can see a list of past 2013-2015 permablitzes on the Austin Permaculture Guild site on the Permablitz tab. You can also see reports on some of the permablitzes after they were completed on EarthRepairCorps.org (This is a newer site, so it is still adding information). The Permablitzes are catching on. There is also a relatively newly formed group named Permablitz ATX that also is doing permablitzes regularly. They even held one in the summer heat of July!

Another great area for Texas permie news and discussions is the Texas Permaculture Design Projects Facebook group.

In a nutshell, if you are interested in attending a permablitz in Central Texas, you have lots of opportunities!

I would bet there are other permalitz "programs" like this going on around the nation. A google search might find some in an area of interest, or maybe the Permaculture Global Network may have some listed.
2 years ago
Join us at the Naylor homestead in creating explosive abundance with a weekend permablitz! We'll create a marketplace garden with berms and swales on contour and integrate goats and chickens as working animals into our design. Come join the fun!

• Come for as little or as long as long as you'd like for the event.

* The Permablitz will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Watch for updates in the case of severe weather (but we are pretty tough!)

• Lunch will be provided on both days.

• Bring a tent if you want to do some overnight camping on Saturday.

• Please bring a water bottle, gloves, shovels, rakes, hoes, pick axes, wheel barrows, etc. if you have them!

* Thank you for leaving your pets at home. *

Get more information on preparing for a permablitz at the Austin Permaculture Guild website

or see the reports of some past Permablitzes in Central Texas at EarthRepairCorps.org

You can also RSVP for the event on:

* Facebook Permablitz Event

* the Austin Permaculture Guild Meetup

2 years ago
Here are some more updates since my last post. This has been a comparatively lush year to date in terms of rainfall. My HK bed would be fine (to date) without drip irrigation. However, I am planning for the usual Central Texas summers and rainfall totals that will inevitably come.

This was the same bed on 5/10. We are adding drip irrigation lines on top in preparation for inevitable high summer temps and low rainfall that will come, whether this year or another.



You can see the remnants of the hairy vetch cover crop pods here:



The Mexican Mint Marigold that my dogs insisted needed to come out of the landscape made it through their multiple excavation exercises!



Texas Torchwood with some organic corn I'd thrown out on this mound coming up.



Old hay we used to cover the drip irrigation and mound:



Mound covered with hay. Cover crop seeds spread before hay placed on mound.


Then we had rain, day and night for the next week (it's still going on). In 4 days, the first buckwheat cover crops emerge all over the mound.





3 years ago
Hmm...I'm not sure why some of the Flickr photo are now showing as "not available". They are still there. Let's try posting the before/after photos again:




3 years ago
From 12/5/2014 and then from 4/4/2015:


We added a garden fence in March. The HK bed is outside the fence.



Some other photos...

1. We planted a couple of Texas Torchwood on the bed on 3/15/2015. I pulled back the hairy vetch a bit from around those areas when they started overtaking the young trees.



2. Hairy vetch on the mound. It definitely has held up to being deer resistant!




3 years ago