The Portland non-profit Growing Gardens is raffling off a brand-new, fully built Garden Ark mobile chicken coop. This mobile coop was lovingly put together by myself and the participants of a chicken coop building workshop I led for Growing Gardens earlier this year. We took great pride and care in building it, and if I may say so, it’s really a sweet little coop!
The Garden Ark can be moved around your yard (it has wheels!) or left in place. It’s perfect for up to three hens. If you already have a coop, a second one like this would be great for brooding a new batch of chicks, separating chickens from the flock for any reason, or focusing your chickens’ tilling and fertilizing powers in a specific spot, say, over a spent vegetable bed.
About the chicken coop being raffled
We used top-quality materials and non-toxic stain, and we applied Internal Wood Stabilizer to all the lumber to preserve and protect it from the elements. I don’t normally build these coops to sell, so I’m guessing when I say that this is easily a $700 coop. Materials alone were around $250-300.
Point is, it’s worth a shot. . . or two, or three. Raffle tickets are available online for $10 each (or $25 for 3). They’re being sold through November 30, 2012. If you win, I believe a Growing Gardens volunteer will even deliver the coop to you within a 30-mile radius of their headquarters in NE Portland. Or you can pick it up yourself — it fits in the bed of a small pickup.
If you’re way outside the Portland area, at least please pass the word on to someone you know who’s closer in. (Don’t worry, you can always build your own Garden Ark with our DIY plans and hardware kits!)
About Growing Gardens
You may know Growing Gardens for putting on Portland’s annual Tour de Coops chicken coop tour. But at the heart of what they do are programs that address the root causes of hunger in Portland.
Their Home Gardens program, for instance, provides low-income families with three years’ worth of gardening resources, seeds, and mentoring. They even dig/build the initial vegetable beds, which might not sound like a lot to everyone, but is a big hurdle for many who are interested in beginning to grow some of their own food.
Whether you enter the raffle, buy a cool 2013 “City Chickens and Their Coops” calendar (same link), or just make a straight-up donation, please visit Growing Gardens online and find some way to support their work.
Good luck in the raffle! Let me know with a comment below if you’re gonna take a shot at it. And if you win the chicken coop, please do come back and share the good news!