Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Name a Chicken Contest!

The Urban Sprouts chicken coop at June Jordan School for Equity is completed and the lovely hens are doing well! However our hens remain nameless. We are inviting you, our reader, to submit names for the birds. Just submit your suggested names in the comments. At the beginning of the Fall 2008 school year, students in the Urban Sprouts Food Systems class will select the winning names. We even have little prizes for those whose name have been selected.

Pictures of the hens to be named have been provided below for inspiration. Urban Sprouts would like to thank the many people that helped implement the chicken coop! A big thank you goes to those nailed, drilled, sawed, climbed, carried,
balanced, and dug to make it happen: Reggie, Juan Carlos, JJSE students and teachers, Isadora, Kevin and the Google Serve group! Thank you!!

Breed: Cuckoo Maran; Likes: spending early mornings looking for grubs

Breed: Plymouth Barred Rock; Likes: imperiously watching other hens from the perch

Breed: Blue Andalusian; Likes: dancing and singing into the wee hours

Breed: Araucana; Likes: running in open spaces

Breed: Silver Laced Wyandotte; Likes: having her picture taken...and cooked rice

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Summer Program '08!

We are having so much fun at the Urban Sprouts and Garden for the Environment Summer Program, now in the middle of our second week. The 21 youth—16 middle school youth and 5 high school youth staff—are working in the garden, cooking lunch from garden-grown produce, and learning all about organic gardening, recycling & composting, nutrition, and where food comes from!

Yesterday we took a field trip to Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, across the Golden Gate Bridge. There, we milked goats, handled chickens, and explored the gardens.

Check out our photos to see everything we've been up to!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

New Urban Sprouts T-shirts!

Announcing the newest addition to the Urban Sprouts line, Summer Program t-shirts! Choose from two designs—flowers or beets—both created by Lisa Chen.

The elbow-length raglan tee from American Apparel is available in pink or baby blue, or choose the organic cotton tee. Click on the items above or visit our store on Cafe Press and be the first on your block to show them off!