It is not your typical tour of homes because, in this case, the "homes" belong to chickens.
Bawktoberfest is GROW Local South Texas' 4th Annual tour of urban, backyard chicken coops. The goal is to show locals how easy and simple it can be to create self-sustainability in their own backyard. According to Executive Director Aislynn Campbell, owning chickens typically leads to composting, which leads to gardening, which supports chickens and composting, which leads to self-sustainability.
“The day after Hurricane Harvey came and trucks weren’t coming in to restock groceries, who had eggs? Your neighborhood coop owners and your small sustainable poultry producers did,” said Campbell. “We call this self-sustainability or self-reliance and these things are not only good for our physical and mental health, but also for our environment and local economy.”
This year, 8 coops across Corpus Christi will be part of the tour, which takes place on Saturday, October 21st.
The day begins at 9:30 AM at BAWK Command Center (3808 Up River Road), where tour-goers check-in, receive their map and are let loose to take the self-guided tour, which is available until 4:00 PM.
In addition, attendees can enjoy a half-day of fantastic chicken-related learning workshops:
There will be an Afterparty at 5:00 PM at B&J's Pizza (6335 SPID).
Tickets are $5 for GROW Local STX members and and $10 for non-members, with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets are available at www.growlocalstx.com/bawktoberfest or may be purchased the day of the event.