Good soil is hard to come by. And expensive. Hill City Neighborhood is putting together a plan to have an entire sustainability block, in which two solid composting units, called "Earth Tubs" will generate up to 100 pounds of compost per day.
Hill City's first raised bed community garden is being built this spring. The garden will serve as a "living advertisement" for the overall community-development plan including: community garden, neighborhood composting, dog park, & selling produce from the garden at the corner market.
No matter how technologically advanced our society becomes, we cannot escape our fundamental relationships with food and each other; we must act, localize our food sources, teach one another, and grow as a healthy and sustainable community for our own economic, health, and overall well being. With its proximity to Stringer’s Ridge, as well as local, eco-businesses at North Shore, Hill City is a prime area for high-visibility sustainability investment.
Hill City would like to be the first neighborhood with its own exemplary composting system. Compost will be used to provide rich soil for the Hill City Community Garden.
According to the City-Data poll of 2009, Hill City Neighborhood encompasses an area of approximately 1.299 square miles and hosts a population of 2,114 people. This is considered a low-income area with median annual household income of $24,709. Beneficiaries of this project will most directly be members of this neighborhood.
I will be leading these efforts with support from the Hill City Neighborhood Association, First Calvary Baptist Church, North Shore Recreation Center, North River Corner Market, Chattanooga's Office of Sustainability, Crabtree Farms, and UTC's department of Experential Learning.
I initiated and directed the University Sustainability Garden Program (USGP) at the University of Chattanooga at Tennessee in 2012 where students interviewed and 12 were selected to be a part of the program that built and maintained two 4' x24' raised bed vegetable gardens, as well as attended weekly educational workshops on varying ranges of sustainability such as aquaponics, beekeeping, stream clean up, etc.
This is my third year as a CSA workshare at Crabtree Farms, where I get hands on experience about growing food.
For the last few years, it is my continued focus to enact gratitude for this wonderful city through creativity, collaboration, and addressing relevant needs.
As soon as possible. We are building the raised bed community garden this spring, and would like to have the composting units by the end of the summer 2013, should funding allow.
The sustainable development of Hill City will be an ongoing project. We would like to see the raised beds and the composting units installed Spring/Summer 2013.