The Camas Urban Chicken and Garden Tour - Egg-citing!
This weekend, The Camas Farmers market is hosting the second annual Camas Urban Chicken and Garden Tour. It's an egg-citing concept of integrating domestic laying hens with backyard gardens in efforts to eat more fresh and organic foods.
Fourteen gardens are open for the Camas Urban Chicken and Garden Tour on Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is a benefit for The Camas Farmer's market which is held every Wednesday in downtown Camas.
The idea of growing your own food, and raising hens for fresh eggs is a popular one - and for good reason. People cite concerns over health, safety and economics as factors in to their decision to produce as food much as possible in urban gardens.
Opponents of the trend say it puts humans in close contact with poultry viruses and that should outweigh the benefits at this time. However, many cities are realistic about the popularity of small scale chicken farming and are working on new regulations and policies.
Regulations regarding backyard chicken coops in Clark County, WA.
Washougal - Poultry not allowed to roam at large within city limits.
Vancouver - Residents may have 3 hens, roosters and peacocks are banned due to noise.
Note: in unincorporated areas, chickens and roosters are allowed.
It's important to check your local zoning ordinances regarding backyard farming. For example, there may be setbacks for building coops - and a place to contain your poultry should be one of the first plans of action. Chickens need a coop for nesting and to protect them from predators.
Chickens and clucks and eggs - oh my!
If the idea of waking up to soft clucks, feathered friends and fresh eggs appeals to you, be sure to take the tour this weekend. The Camas Urban Chicken and Garden tour is designed to educate and inspire you about raising chickens, growing fresh food and utilizing Clark County urban farming resources. How egg-citing!
If you're looking for a suitable property for urban gardening and backyard chicken farming, as an EcoBroker, I'd love to be your guide.