SFC News & Happenings
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
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
"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.”
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.
LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS
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.
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.
WE HAVE 15 SPACES AVAILABLE
Cost to vend your own table: $5
Set up time: 8:30am.
Garden Work Days
Tuesdays & Saturdays 9am - 12pm
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
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