By Joe Veyera
Seattle Tilth is hosting its annual tour of local chicken coops and urban farms this Saturday, and four Ballard locations have made the cut.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the self-guided tour will mark 25 of the best urban farms in the city, marking homes that have incorporated animals and unique gardens into their landscapes. The tour features a wide-range of examples of how animals have been accommodated in urban environments, with simple chicken coops built in a day and elaborate coops that took weeks of work, along with spaces designed for miniature goats, ducks, bunnies, and even mason and honey bees.
Other highlights of the tour include art-infused gardens, pollinator pathways, and aquaponic systems that allow people to keep fish as a food source in their yards.
Tickets are $12 for individuals, $10 for Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists, $35 for groups or families of three to six people ($30 for groups or families including of Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists). Children between the ages of 4 and 15 are $5, with kids 3 and under admitted for free.
After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a map of locations on the tour, and a sticker. Attendees are asked to wear that sticker on the day of the tour to indicate to home owners that you have purchased a ticket.
(Photos courtesy of Seattle Tilth)