Last week we welcomed a new brood of baby chicks to the Green Plate Special coop. With the help and advice of Portage Bay Grange, we are now happily housing 16 fuzzy new friends. With 10 different breeds of hens in our yard we expect a rainbow of eggs in our omelets this year. They are staying cozy in our office for now, but by spring we expect to have energetic pullets pecking around the yard.
Tending to the GPS chickens is a favorite activity of all Green Plate Special youth, whether just visiting during a one-time evening class, or learning to feed the hens and gather eggs during summer camps. Often we see youth who are resistant to other activities in the garden and the kitchen opening up with joyful smiles as they feed meal worms to our chickens; a joy and excitement that spills over into the entire GPS learning experience.
We can’t wait to hear what names our youth participants give this new brood!