San Damiano Center for Sustainability: foundation in progress, Part VII

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Foundation in Progress, Part VII

The final footer has been poured (supervised by 5-year-old Isaiah), courses of block continue on up, footer drains complete, root cellar deepens, openings into composting toilet bins and root cellar get their lintels, volunteers pour concrete into retaining walls. Soon, we will be ready for the slab to be poured!

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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: foundation in progress, Part VI

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Foundation in Progress, Part VI

The Caretakers carved out some time in the midst of spring group season to lend a hand on the foundation work: filling retaining walls with concrete mix (watch out for that dust!) and laying the block walls to separate the compost bins beneath the composting toilets. Thanks to Will and Farmer Tim for the coaching and for plenty of work on the site as well.

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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: foundation in progress, Part V

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Foundation in Progress, Part V

The crew from Solak Builders, Travis, Eric, Josh, and Nathan, has been hard at work this week.

The foundations for the chicken coop/livestock shed and Outdoor Sustainability Education Area continue to take shape. The retaining wall continues on up, as the root cellar deepens, and Caretakers begin on compost toilet bin dividers, with the instruction of Will and Farmer Tim.

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Old Garden Tool Shed Before Demolition and Construction of Maintenance Garage

Old Garden Tool Shed Before Demolition and Construction of Maintenance Garage

This old “house” is on its way down–first, via gravity; soon, via crowbar; finally, via dozer. Making way for something a bit more useful…

This is a 1970s home built by the Whitfords, since the old farm house on the property burned down before it changed hands perhaps in the early 70s or before. The shed roof on the right side (as viewed from the gravel lot) may even have been a chicken coop prior to the old farm house being burned down. We plan to take it down “gently” to salvage rafters, which are rough cut, perhaps salvage some 1x paneling from the walls, but the floor system and joists are not far off the ground and are already rotting and giving way in places, so we may demolish and burn once we get down the the floor system. We also plan on sending the metal to the scrap yard for re-use.

The maintenance garage/tool barn/wood shop/picnic shelter will support the service with the local community aspect of our mission. Construction is planned for 2020 on the site of the old garden tool shed.