The East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance had a booth this year at the Maker Faire. Tom, Brande and I were the point people with putting it together. With the help of our volunteers we put together a great display this year. Last year we didn’t know what our booth space was so it was lacking. But this year…awesome! We had these super cute signs made out of cardboard and burlap. We had a great photo display and TONS of handouts. I do have to say that next year we need more handouts. They went fast.
But the biggest draw to the booth were the chickens. We brought three of our friendliest girls – White Chicken (a White Rock), Lefty (Easter Egger) and Big Red (Buckeye). Once set up White Chicken immediately built herself a nest and laid an egg. They were really calm and pretty much ignored everyone. They’re pretty used to having a lot of people around and being around loud noises so this was just par for the course. They were just excited to have a nice thick layer of straw to scratch around in.
There was no rest. The second people saw chickens they had to come over. Especially the children. They were crazy for hens. I never realized just how popular chickens were. It seemed like everyone wanted to know more about them because they were thinking of getting some or just got some. Tom and I ended up at the booth all day fielding questions even when the other EBUAA volunteers showed up to help.
We were able to sneak away for awhile to teach a Happy Chicken workshop. We brought Lefty along as eye candy. She was awesome and made me so proud. She just stayed on the table, pecking at some scratch and letting us pet her. She never made a move to escape although she did leave a little present on the table (really glad there was a disposable cover on the table).
It was definitely worth all the work we put into it this year and look forward to doing it next year.