Sustainability is just as much about community as it is about the environment. We have decided to utilize part of our back garden to create a covered outdoor classroom and community space so that we can build a stronger community network for the people we serve.
This space will include unique permaculture features like compost toilets, private rainwater showers, and an energy efficient cooking area. We believe that interacting with these fun, sustainable living methods will encourage others to experiment with sustainable practices that best suit their lifestyle and needs. These novel features are also meant to open dialogue between visitors about their own sustainable philosophies and beliefs so they can learn from one another.
Dynamic seating, ample table space, and cooling fans will make this space ideal for an outdoor classroom for the homeschool group we house, as well as for the Boys and Girls Club next door. Further, we would like to supply educational materials for the outdoor classroom, such as child-sized tools and gloves, so the children can have hands-on learning experience in our garden.
Outdoor picnic areas and a stage will make this space optimal for any kind of outdoor community event. We envision local concerts, community markets, outdoor workshops and seminars, and a relaxing area to unwind after a long day in the garden. The covered area, restrooms, showers, and kitchen will also be openly available to the food pantry we house, FISH, to help support their mission.