Sustainable Projects

Current Projects

Bus Stop Project

Our bus shelter at our Ogle Avenue site is under way! This will make access to SFC more accessible for patrons and staff as well make a more comfortable experience waiting for the bus especially in inclament weather.

We want to demonstrate sustainability, so phase 2 of this project includes directing the water off the roof into a rain garden and adding solar panels to allow people at the bus stop to power the phones and power a digital sign that will let people know when the bus is coming.

Chicken Habitat Upgrade

  • We installed a solar-powered chicken door, that automatically opens at sunrise and closes at sunset which allows us to not have to be there to physically open and close the door. This has saved us valuable labor time.

  • We installed an egg roller nest box which keeps the eggs clean and prevents losses from chickens eating and pecking their eggs. The egg roll into a protected area so they can not poop on or damage  expediting the collection of the eggs and reducing loss of eggs.

We are currently working on:

  • Creating a rainwater collection system to automatically water the chickens so we don't have to manually give them water. It's a 'nipple" system that keeps the water clean, not allowing dirt from their beaks to collect in their water and contaminate it.

  • Building an electric fence around the chicken habitat which will reduce climbing predators from getting into the chicken coop.

  • Adding an addition of a living shade area for the chickens, to reduce predator pressure from hawks, will provide some shade and food for the chickens to eat and will give us compost material for the garden.

These changes are making the chicken habitat less labor intensive and creating a safer and more sustainable environment

SoKno Karma Reincarnation Garden Project

We will be adding digital signage to the 40+ beds we have which will allow vistors use their phones to obtain information on the plants that are in the bed, recipes,, general information about growing the plants and maintanence schedules for volunteers.

Many of our borders of our 40 beds are rotting and are in need of repair. We will be repairing them with a variety of experimental methods, including masonry borders, living borders, and log boarders using longer lasting wood.

Fence transformation into a living trellis

Clean off fence and dirt to level it, then add weed block and gravel so nothing else will grow on the fence. This is a major long-term project. We want to utilize the fences lattice structure into a living trellis, growing native species, non-invasive species, medicinal plants that fit into the permaculture plan of SFC.

Past Projects

Vestal Boys & Girls Club Catchment System

We were thrilled to work on the installment of a 400 gallon Stormwater Catchment System for the Vestal Boys & Girls Club! The project was generously funded by Keep Knoxville Beautiful and will take stormwater from their stage shelter and filter it so that it can be used for things such as watering their garden, which will help conserve resources. Several devoted volunteers, through CAC AmeriCorps, worked for a couple hours to install this filtration system.

Vestal Community Center Pavilion