Make It Your Own: Becker Elementary School, Austin, Texas (VIDEO)

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Here’s a quick video tour of a special Garden Coop that will be featured in Austin’s upcoming Funky Chicken Coop Tour, April 7, 2012.

This extra-spacious chicken coop was built by a volunteer from the Becker school community using plans from and materials purchased with a grant. He modified the design to about double the size, allowing plenty of room for the school’s current flock of thirteen.

According to Cheris, a Becker parent (and chicken keeper herself), the chickens have enhanced just about every part of the curriculum. “We also work in conjunction with The Green Classroom across the street,” Cheris says, “so the kids go to the garden, pick weeds, and bring them over here to feed the chickens. It has been a great experience.”

Kudos to everyone who got this project up and has kept it running. What do you think of the idea of raising chickens and vegetables at school? Share your thoughts with a comment below.

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One Response to “Make It Your Own: Becker Elementary School, Austin, Texas (VIDEO)”

  1. Emily Zielke says:

    I think it’s fabulous and I have a lot of experience in it. I’m currently teaching Urban Agriculture at a charter school on the south side of Chicago and before that co-founded an edible landscaping company in Asheville, NC. I am a single mom of one that has a huge passion for teaching kids how to do things on their own and provide for themselves. In the classroom, I use nature to inspire creativity, learn math and science and all of the ways natural elements teach kids without them even realizing it! I’m writing here because I’m moving to Austin at the end of our school year and looking for jobs in urban agriculture, whether it be promotional work for an urban agriculture related company or working in the field!

    Anyone reading this article that knows about anything, please help a stranger out! Thanks! Email me.

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