I’m excited to show off the last three stops we were able to get on during last month’s Denver Botanic Garden’s Urban Homestead Tour. These three homesteads were in the heart of the city.
Toni and Dennis Kuper shared their wonderful coop with visitors. Two years ago, Toni asked for chickens for Mother’s Day, and Dennis built the coop for her. It is adorable and efficient.
I love how they designed it to store their chicken care supplies right inside. It is adjacent to their dog run under a stand of shady trees in their beautiful back yard. They have an annual chicken party for friends and coworkers in their yard.
The Kuper’s yard is mostly shaded, but they have a lovely garden carved out in the only sunshine near the garage. I especially love the four-bin compost operation.
Our next stop took us into the Park Hill area, where we got to check out Michael Murphy’s coop and gardens. The first thing we saw was squash and cukes inter-planted with flowers in his front yard.
The side and back yard held lovely raised beds with some great whimsy. I love the brightly painted stakes and bird houses.
Murph made his coop primarily of recycled/re-purposed materials, and I’ve never seen anything like it.
There are two dogloos inside the chicken run. But I just can’t describe what I thought when Murph showed us how he set them up for the neighbor kids to gather eggs. See for yourself…
The igloos are on giant lazy-susans, and inside each dogloo is two coolers/nest boxes.
The hens both lay and roost in the coolers. The system is warm in the winter and easy to keep clean.
The coolers just slide out for egg collection or cleaning.
I love the engineering behind this coop and how much fun it is.
The last stop I wanted to share was literally packed full of growing things. The Blackett’s were the only homesteaders on the tour with a yard smaller than ours.
Driving up, you can see they had food growing in the hell strip between the sidewalk and the street. A lot of people refuse to plant here, but I love that they have turned it into a garden.
We walked down the side yard where the Blackett’s keep their chickens and compost bin.
The little red coop is built from scrap wood, left over from a previous project.
The side yard gives way to an entire back yard garden. I mean, the entire yard. There was no grass anywhere – just a path between all the food growing.
Diane was on the back porch, generously giving out samples of honey from her top bar beehive. The hive was at the very back of their lot, next to the garage, under the grape-vine.
I was very inspired by Diane’s garden. Rick and I had been feeling a little jealous about all the space that many of the homesteaders had. But Diane was growing more food than we were, in less space. It was very encouraging.
Diane blogs about her garden, bees, chickens and homesteading at City Garden Bliss. She has many more beautiful photos of her garden and covers topics like spinning, knitting, gleaning, and sewing as well as gardening, bee, and chicken keeping.
Thank you for letting me share the stops we went to at this year’s urban homestead tour. I hope you enjoyed it. I can’t wait until next year! This was so fun for our whole family.
Make sure to check out the photos of the other stops in Part I and Part II.
- 2012 DBG Urban Homestead Tour – Part II (lazyhomesteader.com)
- 2012 DBG Urban Homestead Tour – Part I (lazyhomesteader.com)
- Homestead Failures: Confessions of What I Didn’t Do (lazyhomesteader.com)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this posting!!!! I want Dennis to build ME a coop house! Thanks for sharing the Bliss too!
Good to see a small garden filled with produce. I don’t think the dogs or children would be happy if I removed all the grass, but it’s good to get some inspiration.
We need something like this around here…The guy at the feed store talks about starting one, but then there’s no action. I love seeing other people’s versions of the homestead for inspiration.
Very cool tour! How did you find out about it? I’d like to see if there is one in my city.
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