SFC News & Happenings

October 2020

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Owen Tharp's garden from the SFC Permaculture Tour.  


I just want to thank all the people that have been coming to our online and outdoor events.  The permaculture tour is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  Based on all the positive feedback from both attendees and site hosts, we are planning another tour in spring 2021 that will culminate in a dinner event at the Center.

Upcoming Events & Classes

Help build the Outdoor Class room and Community Center

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This is our once a year fundraiser.  One half of all money donated goes toward the outdoor class room and community center.   This will be a $70,000 to $100,000 project to help make Knoxville more resilient.  I want to thank Bob Proctor for his work on this project.  


Saturday, October 17th  10am-12pm 

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"The pleasure and value of every walk or journey we take may be doubled to us by carefully noting down the impressions it makes upon us.”
—John Burroughs

Great activity for kids and adults!

Nature journaling is a relaxing, meditative experience that

will deepen your connection with the natural world.

Throughout history, many of our most notable naturalists

and scientific discoveries were inspired by observations

recorded in journals. In this class, we will do some fun

activities and learn prompts that will improve your

observation skills and inspire your journaling. You don't

have to be an artist, you just need to be curious about the

world around you!

Bring a notebook with blank pages, pencil, and colored

pencils (optional). This program is recommended for ages 8 through adult. 


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Visitor safety is our top priority. For health and safety reasons, we are limiting the number of participants. We will also be practicing social distancing during this program.


We ask that everyone bring a mask in case there are times that we are unable to social distance.

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Class Instructor: Clare Park Dattilo

Clare Dattilo is a Park Ranger at Seven Islands State Birding Park. She is also a teacher at Knox Forest School and has worked as a Naturalist at Ijams Nature Center and an Interpretive Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park.


She is a certified Southern Appalachian Naturalist through the Tremont Institute and has been nature journaling for many years. Clare is passionate about sharing her love of the natural world with others through teaching.

Saturday, November 7  

9am - 1pm


It is such a pleasure to watch the community

grow and develop at these events.  Hope to see

you the first Saturday in November.

Cost to vend your own table: $5
Set up time: 8:30am.  


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Garden Work Days

Tuesdays & Saturdays 9am - 12pm

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New and returning volunteers are welcome!

Please note: Volunteering is not limited to just these days and hours! But those hours are open, without appointment, to show up and get involved.

Click here to read more about volunteering at Sustainable Future Center or contact Brittany at volunteer@sfcknox.org

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Join Us

Are you passionate about your vision for sustaining our planet?

Community Garden

Looking for our Garden Committee!

Are you an avid gardener looking to get more involved in  community gardening activities?

Are you a permie wanting to express your creativity?

Do you have a knack for planning out gardens and/or are you action-oriented to implement a gardening plan?

If "YES" then we would like you to join our GARDEN COMMITTEE!

Contact Brittany, Garden Manager at volunteer@sfcknox.org

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