Sustainability on a Budget
** This location is outdoor only
We have multiple special events & non-profits at this site - see below!
Sustainability on a Budget is an inspirational example of how to sustainably retrofit a home through creativity, collaboration with various nonprofits, and a limited budget. The front yard serves as neighborhood education and conversation. The owner, Wendy, works with the local collective Food2Soil to run a neighborhood compost hub in the front yard for waste reduction and soil improvement. Nutrient-rich soil supports the flourishing garden and native landscaping, which fosters a biodiverse habitat for birds and insects. The landscaping is irrigated by greywater from the laundry and shower as well as a 1,000 gallon rainwater tank, purchased in part using a rebate from SD Water Rebate. Aside from the sustainable garden, this 1945 home features solar power by Grid Alternatives and community-centric aspects such as walk/bikeability, supporting community events such as canyon cleanups, and shared garden space for neighbors.
Day of Tour Special Events & Non-Profits:
1. Food2soil will be offering composting demonstrations as follows:
BACKYARD COMPOSTING 101 (12-1PM) - Learn about compost tools, bin designs and a beginners recipe for building a compost pile.
WORM BIN AND WORM COMPOSTING (2-3 PM) - Take a tour of the worm bin (converted from a discarded bath tub) and learn how to start worm composting in your patio or garage
Compost tea will be available throughout the day for visitors. Please bring your own container to take back a sample for your plants. Come early to avoid disappointment.
2. Grid Alternatives - Building community powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy.
3. Co-Harvest: working to end Food Insecurity in San Diego by transforming member's unused space into micro-farms throughout San Diego.
4. San Diego Canyonlands: to promote, protect, and restore the natural habitats in San Diego's canyons and creeks.
Please join us for a composting workshop and to learn more about these great non-profit groups.
Photo Credit: Wendy Miller