We would like to let you know that the Chicks in the City Symposium scheduled for this Saturday, March 26th has unfortunately not sold the minimum number of tickets required by the venue.
Due to the low ticket sales, we have had to cancel the event.
We hope to reschedule, and we will communicate that new day once it’s been finalized. On behalf of all of us at Wylde Center, I apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment. We all were looking forward to the event as well.
This year, the Chicks in the City Symposium is presented as a partnered event by The Wylde Center and the Atlanta History Center on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Itinerary includes an introduction to The Atlanta History Center’s own adventures in urban agriculture, lecture/workshops for beginning and advanced chicken keepers, poultry-related exhibition and vendor offerings, a Virtual Coop Tour, update sessions on state poultry support services and Avian Influenza, and Biosecurity demonstrations. The day concludes with the Grand Finale drinks mixer with light hors d’oeuvres, chicken-themed silent auction, entertaining demonstrations by costumed Atlanta History Center interpreters and an Easter Egg Hunt.
$50 for Atlanta History Center and Wylde Center members $65 for non-members
Members of the Wylde Center and the Atlanta History Center are eligible for the reduced price ticket. Ticket includes one complimentary drink from the bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the Grand Finale Mixer. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.
Please purchase your tickets by midnight, March 22. We need to sell a minimum of 45 tickets in order proceed with the event. At this point we have sold 20. Let us know you are coming by purchasing your ticket today!
$20 for Atlanta History Center and Wylde Center members $30 for non-members
Well-known in Atlanta chicken circles as chair of the Atlanta Urban Coop Tour and ”ITP” coordinator for the Atlanta Backyard Chicken Meetup Group, Anne-Marie keeps a happy flock of 13 mixed heritage breeds, and has taught chicken classes for the Wylde Center, Homestead Atlanta, DeKalb Extension and the 2015 Georgia Organics Conference. Her Decatur-based business, The Celtic Gardener, specializes in edible landscaping and urban animal husbandry, particularly chickens and bees. Anne-Marie is a Master Gardener and Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, a Certified Beekeeper and Licensed Egg Candler.
The Atlanta History Center Has Chickens?: Sarah Roberts/Brett Bannor, Atlanta History Center
Sarah Roberts is the Director of Goizueta Gardens and Living Collections at the Atlanta History Center. Roberts’ horticultural background includes a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Berry College, a year abroad studying historic landscapes at the University of Reading in the UK, an internship in Plant Records and Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and five years as Curator of Herbaceous Plants and Outdoor Gardens at the New York Botanical Garden. For three years, Sarah lived in England where she received a postgraduate diploma in Garden Design. She has written for numerous publications, been featured on Martha Stewart Radio, the Canadian Broadcast Channel, and the GardenSmart TV series.
Brett Bannor has a keen interest in both animals and history, so his job as the Manager of Animal Collections at the Atlanta History Center is a perfect fit! He is currently researching the importance of sheep during America’s Revolution and in the early years of the republic. Brett is the co-author of a monograph on the Common Gallinule (a marsh bird) and author of a book for pre-teens on the bighorn sheep of western North America. Before he came to the History Center three years ago, Brett worked at several zoos and theme parks. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and was born and raised in Chicago.
Chickens 101: Getting Started with Chickens
Mark Vanderhoek is the Community Relations Manager (East) for Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill and Farm, a pastured organic egg farm and the first and only certified organic feed mill in Texas. Coyote Creek is in the process of expanding to add a new farm and mill in Forsyth, Georgia. At Coyote Creek, Vanderhoek serves as the primary contact for the company at its new Georgia location, working on all aspects of the business. He lives in Macon with his family and four laying hens; Doralee, Margaret, Belle, and Sofia.
Vanderhoek is a devoted advocate of organic and sustainable agriculture in central Georgia and is the founder of Macon Roots, a nonprofit that helps make Central Georgia’s food system more resilient and sustainable. Vanderhoek cofounded Cud Crew in 2015, a targeted grazing service using sheep. He also serves as a sustainability instructor at Mercer University.
Chickens 102: Justin Miller, Conyers Backyard Poultry Club
Justin Miller is the president of the Conyers Backyard Poultry Club. He offers his services to Rockdale elementary school teachers in classroom hatching projects, the 4H poultry judging team and speaks on how to raise and care for poultry at the University of Georgia and through the Extension office. The club’s mission is to educate people of all ages on the benefits of raising poultry, while assisting each other in maintaining healthy backyard flocks. The club meets on the 1st Sunday every month in Conyers. They also host the annual “Poultry on Parade” chicken swap in the spring.
Chicken Health and Wellness 102 and Poultry Resources/Avian Influenza Update: Dr Doug Anderson, Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network Veterinary Director (SW Georgia)
Dr Anderson has been involved with gamebirds and poultry since 1965, receiving his undergraduate BS-Avian Science (1982) and DVM (1986) from Colorado State University. During his career he has been involved in over twenty-five countries, and has worked within the gamebird and commercial poultry industries in technical service, diagnostic laboratory, live production, vaccine production, and veterinary product development. He has been involved in 4H for almost fifty years, and volunteers in the youth poultry programs of FFA and local Poultry clubs. His current projects focus on bobwhite quail, coccidial vaccines, parenting genetics, and propagation of rare and endangered galliforme/poultry species. He manages two poultry diagnostic laboratories in Georgia (and a third in Colorado), supporting the Georgia’s commercial poultry industry, as well as gamebird, game fowl and the fastest growing segment of the state’s poultry industry, small poultry flock owners.
Grand Finale Mixer and Silent Auction at 3:30pm at Smith Family Farm
Thanks to our sponsor Coyote Creek Organic Farm and Feed Mill, join us at the Grand Finale Mixer to celebrate all that you have learned during our teaching sessions and workshops.
Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Whole Foods Market, and a complimentary drink from the bar. Explore the Atlanta History Center’s Smith Family Farm and make a bid for a chicken-related souvenir at our silent auction. Costumed interpreters will introduce the farm and its livestock, offer cooking demonstrations and answer questions. You may even spot a prize-winning egg in a first for Chicks in the City: our brand new Easter Egg Hunt!
Silent auction donations include:
If you can’t attend all day of the Symposium, separate tickets for the Grande Finale Mixer only can be purchased HERE. Bring along your friends and family members, and enjoy some chicken-related fun! (Includes hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary drink from the bar. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.)
All sessions, including the lunchtime exhibition, will take place in the Atlanta History Center’s McElreath Hall, adjacent to the main parking deck. Parking is plentiful and free. The Grand Finale mixer (3:30-5:00pm) will take place in the grounds of the Smith Family Farm, behind the main History Center building.
If your business or organization would like to exhibit at this event, vendor fee is $50 and can be purchased HERE.
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The 8 ½” x 11” Chicks in the City program serves as a treasured reference source for all things chicken, bee, edible landscaping and more in the Atlanta area. Do take advantage of this unrivalled opportunity to target the Southeast’s exploding population of poultry enthusiasts, who want to find out where to buy chicken food, where to get chicks, how to build a coop, where to find a veterinarian who can work with chickens and how to support a more sustainable lifestyle!
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