Sustainable Austin – Helping Things Grow in Your Own Backyard

The hunt for sustainable food continues in week III of the Funky Chicken Coop Tour's "The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt for the Sustainable Egg" on Saturday, April 12th. Are you ready to start growing food in your backyard?  Learn about zero waste, compost, and community gardens.
Join Heather-Nicole Hoffman of Compost Coalition, and the librarians at Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.  Learn how to turn compost into food, and make Austin's zero waste goals happen, with a little help from you and your chickens.   Reduce waste and improve your soils, your food and your home. 
Hands-on demos, information booths, maybe even some chickens in action! 
1 pm – Recycle Right!.  What can go in your blue City recycling bin? Lids on or off? Phonebooks? Foil? How clean does it have to be? Austin Resource Recovery will be here with the answers. 
2 pm – Community Gardens – find one near you or start your own. Meredith Gray, with the Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens program, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, will discuss how to find land, how to apply for City endorsement and how to partner with a nonprofit sponsor for your community garden. 
3 pm – Composting 101 – an introduction to composting with Compost Coalition, plus learn about City of Austin programs, rebates and ordinances promoting recycling.  
Check out the resources available at your library.  
Explore ways you can support projects in your neighborhood. 
The Funky Chicken Coop Tour in cooperation with partners presents, the Ultimate Scavenger Hunt for the Sustainable Egg. Each weekend features an information packed event, covering backyard poultry and organic food gardens, sustainable policy in Austin, and Austin friendly ways to get started. Participate in one week or all four events. You can pick up mini scavenger hunt lists at each event. Get more information at:
• RULES:  Take at least 12 Austin style photos finds that show what you've found on your hunt for local poultry, eggs, coops, vegetable gardens, composting, and recycling that you can do in your own backyard. The top photo series wins a $50 cash prize courtesy of the Brazos Valley Poultry Club.  Submit the photo story of your personal Ultimate Scavenger Hunt for the Sustainable Easter Egg to  
Other contest notes: 
Photos must have been taken by the person submitting the entry and not have any copyrights or pending ownership of the photos being submitted. 
RELEASE AGREEMENT Submission of photographs implies acceptance of the following terms: Entrants in the FCCT Ultimate Scavenger Hunt Photo Contest retain all copyrights and other equivalent rights to their entered photographs. Entrants give Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc. the right to reproduce and publish their photographs in advertising to promote the Funky Chicken Coop Tour and other poultry education events. In all cases where such photographs are used, Entrants give Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc. the right to do so without obtaining the photographer’s further prior permission and without offering any compensation in any form.
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