We would like to congratulate Kendall Hovius on completing her Silver Award Project. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. The basis of their project is to find an issue within their community that she can help solve in a sustainable way. Kendall was a homeschool student at Fernbrook at one time and wanted to add something that would help Fernbrook’s ever growing population of chickens on the farm. After a few conversations we settled on the need of a mobile chicken coop.
The mobile chicken coop will be the new home for our 6 new chicks that we get every spring. Once they have spent some time in the brooder and their feathers have all grown in they will be moved to our mobile coop. The mobile coop will be in our Children’s Garden. The chickens will help the garden by fertilizing the ground, controlling the insect population that could harm crops, and trim the grass. The mobility of the coop is a key feature, allowing for us to move the chickens throughout different plots where they can dig and scratch at the soil to prepare it for seed planting.
We are very proud of the job that Kendall did on the coop. She spent almost 50 hours working on planning, researching designs, asking for donations for materials, collecting materials, constructing, painting, assembling, and delivery it to Fernbrook!
If you or anyone you know has a child that is working towards their Eagle Scout Project, Silver Award Project, or Gold Award Project have them contact Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center.