This class will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc. There will be plenty of time for questions.

Taught by Egg|Plant co-owner Bob Lies. Bob and Audrey have kept chickens in their St. Paul backyard for over ten years. They started their chicken adventures raising chicks for the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, and have experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city. 

​This class satisfies requirements for permit applications in Minneapolis and some metro suburbs.

Classes are currently being held virtually but space is limited. Please register ahead to reserve your seat.

Register online via Eventbrite by clicking the button below or call the store at 651-645-0818 to reserve your space. The class is $25 per person/household.

Upcoming 2024 class dates:

- Saturday, February 24th from 1 - 3 pm




Do you love maple syrup? Have you ever thought of tapping that big maple tree in your yard but not sure where to begin? This class will explore everything you need to know to transform sap into “liquid gold” syrup. By the end of the two class sessions, participants will feel confident to try syruping at home and will have all the basic knowledge to get started with this fantastic family friendly activity. All ages welcome. Dress for the outdoors.

Part 1 – March 19, 3:00 – 4:30pm
The first of the two-part urban syruping class will cover tree selection and tapping, basic equipment needs, sap collection and storage. Part 1 will be mostly inside with some outdoor time.

Part 2 – March 26, 3:00 – 4:30pm.
(Part 2 is weather dependent; if sap has not flowed well yet, we may postpone to April 2.)
In part two of the urban syruping class, we will cover the boiling, filtering, and bottling process, and end-of-season care and clean-up. Part 2 will be mostly outside so please dress accordingly. Bring a small clean glass jar with lid to take home some finished syrup.​

Cost: $35 per person

Location: In Person at Egg Plant Urban Farm Supply

1771 Selby Ave. St Paul MN 55104

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Backyard Chicken Basics classes