The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Thursday, 24 June 2021 16:52

Knoxville sustainability center posts positive organic growth

KnoxNews: Sustainable Future Center in Vestal is growing and growing

David Bolt started the Sustainable Future Center horticulture and environmental education center six years ago on a half-acre with a tiny house, organic garden, horticultural demonstrations and a little fish farm.

Now he and his allies are expanding the center’s mission with makers markets, camps and other educational programs. The site on Ogle Avenue, a busy urban street in South Knoxville, now is now home to automated organic chicken coops, a chainlink fence transformed into a living trellis, summer camps and educational programs. The center is helping establish “food forests” to provide free sustenance from tree fruits and nuts or berry bushes.

The small copses of trees around its perimeter are being cleared of invasive and exotic species by staff and volunteers working to restore a small glimpse of native East Tennessee woods not far from King Tut restaurant.