We need your help and expertise!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to donate your time and talents to our mission. In addition to the IndyTilth website, we plan to pursue our mission by providing educational opportunities through a seminar series on urban farming and sustainability. Our long-term goal is to create an urban residential sustainability demonstration site.
Website design and content
We welcome your help and input on website design and content. Specifically, IndyTilth would benefit from a logo and better website design. Your content input can be as simple as a correction or suggestion or information on an upcoming event of interest, pertinent website link, or local resource, to "adopting" a page for content updates on a more regular basis.
The seminar series and other learning opportunities will be posted on the events page. Please let us know if you would like to host an event or post an event on this page.
Urban residential sustainability demonstation site
We are also in the very early stages of planning for a urban residential sustainability demonstration site. This site will be a model for both green building renovation and sustainable, eco-friendly landscape. Below are some ideas of what this site could be:
The building would act as a meeting place and showcase for green renovation practices including low-impact design; alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal; efficient energy use by constructing a tight weather envelope and using low energy appliances and fixtures; sustainable water use and reduced storm water run-off by incorporating rain water capture and grey water system; high indoor air quality with remediation of known toxins such as asbestos, radon, and lead and use of no VOC paint, low off-gasing products, and an air purification system; use of sustainable and recycled building materials; and, overall, a greater regard for the efficient use of all natural resources.
The landscape would act as a meeting place and showcase for sustainable, eco-friendly yard and urban farming practices including assessment of potential soil toxins such as lead and demonstration of how to appropriately remediate these; solar shading of the building structures and grey water remediation swales; intensive yet sustainable urban farm which includes soil preparation and maintanence, year-round planning and growth of vegetables in a greenhouse and garden beds, and orchard, vineyard and bramble management; captured rain water in rain barrels and cisterns for irrigation; composting methods including vermiculture; native plants and water, food and shelter to enhance wildlife habitats; and possibly bee hives, chickens and goats to demonstrate additional opportunities on urban sites to obtain local honey, eggs, and milk.
Both the structure and the landscape would primarily be used to educate and raise awareness of urban sustainable techniques by providing free or low-cost indoor and outdoor meeting places, a children's garden, and educational seminars hosted by local and regional experts in sustainability.
Let us know what your ideas are for the urban residential sustainabilitiy demonstration site and how you can help!
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