Ready to start raising chickens? Here's our randomly selected winner: Brenda Gose.
"I'm an avid gardener of native plants, wild flowers, herbs, and organic vegetables. I use raised beds for my herbs and vegetables. I love the Sophie Conran Potting Scoop. I do a lot of potting of vegetable and flower seedlings for myself and to give to my neighbors. The scoop makes that task easier for me, and I have less of a mess to clean up. My next venture into self-sufficiency is to raise 3 to 4 chickens for eggs. When I saw the coop in the Williams-Sonoma catalog I fell in love! I asked my husband if he could make me one just like it and he just gave me the raised eyebrow look, which I took to be a 'no.' I would be so happy to win the coop."
Congratulations and thank you to all our incredible submissions: a total of 674 comments.
Courtesy of our friends at Agrarian, Williams-Sonoma's outdoor essentials line, Brenda will receive an entire Williams Sonoma chicken coop (a $1,000 value). Here are the contest rules:
- Leave a comment below telling us about your favorite product from Agrarian
- Mention why you like the product and include an anecdote about your gardening joys (or woes)
- The winner will be randomly selected on June 18, 2012—be sure to check back to see if you've won (we'll be announcing the winner in the comments section).
Above: The Briar Extended Chicken Coop is hand-crafted by Dan Cohen from sustainable pine and plywood, then finished with a low-VOC stain. The coop features two built-in nest boxes (enough for up to four hens), a linoleum floor, and plenty of vents and doors.
Above: As many a cook will attest, nothing beats the flavor and nutrition of fresh eggs.
Above: For those curious about raising chickens, take a look at Agrarian's Chicken Raising Tips on everything from preparing the space and installing the coop to selecting chickens. The screened-in run fastens to the coop; the frame is made of sustainable red pine, and the mesh screen is made of galvanized steel.