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Unusual farm tour planned Sunday near Davis

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From page A3 | September 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

A pomegranate harvest, a visit to chicken coops and orchard activities are the highlights of a tour Sunday of FARM 2.6 west of Davis.

The “Chicken Coop to Orchard” event is part of the Yolo Farm to Every Fork event series, highlighting farm contributions and food security issues in the region.

Visitors can learn how to set up a coop to orchard system at the farm on County Road 95, a half-mile north of Road 31 (Covell Boulevard) between 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Guests will act as farmers for a morning and help fertilize all 70 of FARM 2.6′s fruit trees using one dozen chickens. The event will close with a pomegranate harvest and, in this farm’s tradition, fruit will be donated to low-income families. Volunteers also can take home pomegranates.

“We welcome visitors to the farm to enjoy the fresh air, learn a little bit about farming and give back to the community with a harvest activity,” said farmer Robyn Waxman.

Added Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, “This is a fun event for families, certainly anyone who is interested in raising chickens, and volunteers who want to see how different parts of a farm relate to one another in a small food system.”

Enterprise staff

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  • Fred HarveySeptember 27, 2013 - 1:49 am

    "Guests will act as farmers for a morning and help fertilize all 70 of FARM 2.6's fruit trees using one dozen chickens." Now this news bit raises several questions: There are 70 fruit trees so: 1. Will each chicken be cut into seventy pieces and distributed evenly? 2. Will the chickens be fried, boiled, roasted, or barbecued first? Will colonel Sanders have any involvement in this? 3. Will the guests first eat the chickens and then use the collected fecal matter to spread among the trees? Will the fecal matter be passed by the USDA as suitable for the intended use? 2 hours sufficient for the digestive cycle of the guest farmers? 4. Will all the trees receive adequate attention in the time allowed (Is .857 minutes per tree or 2 hours enough for the orchard for application of the fertilizer and then cut and cover)? 5. Will PETA have been consulted prior to the use of the chickens? And are they free range? 6. Is it actually the chickens, under the supervision of the guest farmers, who will be doing the fertilizing? 7. Was Debbie Davis in the country when this piece was sent to the printer?

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