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Sustainability on a Budget
(City Heights)

** 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

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