BAWKtoberfest 2017

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    What is BAWKtoberfest?

    Backyard chicken coops are a growing trend in Corpus Christi.
    BAWKtoberfest is GROW Local South Texas’ annual backyard chicken coop tour, a fun day for the whole family. There is no better way to learn how to build a coop in your own yard than seeing how your neighbors have done it. Kids especially love seeing chickens up close and personal.

    Here is how it works:

    • When and Where: Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • Cost:
    • Tickets:
      • Online ticket sales closed; Tickets available at The Garden at Check In
      • You may purchase tickets in person at check in at The Learning Garden from 9:30AM through 1:00 PM.
    • BAWKtoberfest Raffle! Win Spurs Tickets!
    • Education:
      • During your check-in time at The Learning Garden, enjoy a half-day of fantastic chicken-related learning workshops. We will post the schedule soon. Stay for as few or as many as you care to.
      • At each coop tour, the coop owner will be present to tell you about their coop and answer questions

    2016 Coop Stop Videos

    Learning Garden Education Schedule

    We will conduct a half-day of fantastic chicken-related learning workshops. We will post the schedule of educational events here when it is finalized.

    9:30am – Feeding Your Chickens: Myth and Fact
    Speaker: Nutrena Animal Feeds

    9:50am – Farming Bugs to Feed My Chickens?
    Speaker: Erica Duncan

    10:15am – Hear From Your Local Pastured Egg Farmer
    Speaker: Future Focus Farm

    10:40am – Predator Management
    Speaker: Larry Pilbin, BAWKtoberfest 2017 Co-chair

    11:00am – Hear From Your Local Sustainable Egg Farmer
    Speakers: Janelle & Abel Villarreal, Pecking Order Farms

    11:25am — Health and Welfare for your backyard flock.
    Speaker: Jason Ott, Nueces County Agriculture – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

    All Morning:
    Kids’ Chicken Art with KSpace Contemporary

    10:00am & 10:30am – Composting with animal manure? Composting without animal manure.
    Speakers: Islander Green Team and Aislynn Campbell, Executive Director, GROW Local South Texas

    9:45am -11:30am – Learning Garden Tours
    Speakers: Cyndi Garcia, Tevin Gray and Joel Trevino, GROW Local South Texas Staff

    BAWKtoberfest Afterparty

    After the chickens roost for the night, the humans gather and recount their exciting day. The BAWKtoberfest 2017 Afterparty will be held at B&J’s Pizza (the original SPID location; map) beginning at 5PM. Everyone is welcome…even those that don’t go on the tour. Many tour stop coop owners will be there to make sure you have all your questions answered. We’ll have door prizes, awards and even more fun!

    BAWKtoberfest 2017 Afterpart


    A huge GROW Local South Texas thank you to our main sponsors for BAWKtoberfest 2017.


    Become a Sponsor

    Email us for more information on how to become a sponsor for BAWKtoberfest 2017.

    GROW Local South Texas’ mission is to cultivate a healthy community by growing the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable foods. What better way to teach people about backyard chickens than to let them see how their neighbors actually do it?


    BAWKtoberfest can’t happen without a small army of volunteers on the day of the tour. By volunteering for one shift, you will receive two passes to take the tour. Volunteers are needed at Learning Garden Check In, to run between stops and at The Learning Garden for check in.

    Sign up here to volunteer for BAWKtoberfest 2017.