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It was my honor as “Mother Hen” to orchestrate a party for 750 bicycle riders pedaling around Davis touring backyard chicken coops May 25. Chicken-costumed bikers brought forth smiles from mail deliverers, joggers, visitors and passing motorists on May 25 for Yolo Farm to Fork’s fourth annual Tour de Cluck benefiting Davis Farm to School programs for 2013-14. The average coop crawler tally touring 17 coops was 372.

May combined National Bike Month and chickens in a delightful expansion for locals and out-of-towners to enjoy. Special thanks go to our business sponsors and supporters: Davis Bike Club, Davis Waste Removal, Modesto Milling, David Fletcher, Carol Stiver of Edward Jones, Andy Gagnon Landscaping, National University, Morse Remodeling, Farm Fresh to You, Western Feed and Pet Supply, Kim Eichorn of Lyon Realty, Blake’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Whole Foods, Sutter Davis Hospital and Brooks Painting.

Supportive individuals included Barbara Katz, George Hinkle, Deb Bruns and David Bunn, Allan and Dorothy Peterson, Ann Evans and David Thompson, Jamie Buffington, John Mott-Smith and Susan Shelton.

Community Crowers on the Green shared information and free samples.

Ten restaurants and delis participated in the first-ever “fowl” signature dishes: Davis Graduate, Nugget Deli (Oak Tree/Nugget South), Our House, Osteria Fasulo, Whole Foods Deli, Tucos, Caffé Italia and Dos Coyotes Border Cafe (North/South).

During May, Chicken Skool presentations were provided by Brian Fikes and Greg Howles of Two Flew the Coop; Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy, authors of “The Reinvention of the Chicken Coop”; Haven Kiers on “Greening Your Coop”; author Kristy Levings reading “Chickentastics”; Dr. David Bunn on “Around the World with Chickens”; Chowdown Farm owners Kristy Lyn Levings and Brian Douglass on “Too Many Roosters: From Crow to Coq Au Vin”; Steve Radosevich, Master Gardener, on “Chickens+Feed=Eggs + Manure”; and Asli Mete. Rodrigo Gallardo and Maurice Pitesky on “Be Your Backyard Bird’s Wingman in Health and Disease.”

A clutch of 120-plus volunteers helped bring this entertaining and educational experience to our community. Mark your calendars for May 2014 when Tour de Cluck returns for the fifth annual “Eggstravaganza.”

Dorothy Peterson


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