Saturday, March 23, 2013


On Friday we had a most pleasant visit from some students at Tennessee Tech.  Dr. Lachelle Norris leads a class on Sustainability in Appalachia and a major focus of the class is to build links between folks who are making use of sustainable skills in their lives and those who desire to learn such skills.  We feel very honored that they chose to make the 1.5 hour trek up to our place to spend an afternoon learning about what we are doing here.

We discussed many topics including but not limited to: rainwater harvesting, Cooking on a wood cook stove, solar electricity, life in a tiny (750 sq. ft.) house, building community, humanure, and of course planting and growing food.  They even made a video of a young assistant and myself planting a tray of peppers!

Checking out the greenhouse

A visit to the new cabin site

Learning about humanure
It was a delightful visit but too short.  Hopefully it was the beginning of repeated visits to the farm as interest grows.  Incidentally, the class has started a website called Sustainable Appalachian.  The site is in the early development stages, but pay it a visit from time to time to see what's new!

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