I attended the monthly meeting of the Martin Acres Neighborhood Association this last Monday evening. It was my first meeting since we moved to the neighborhood this spring. What a wonderful way to get to stay connected to our neighbors.
There were two topics of particular interest to me that evening. The first one was concerning energy audits. More details of this presentation are covered by Osman in his post "Actually, It's Easy to Be Green". What I got out of the presentation is that it is most important to have a technical energy audit done first before you spend your time, energy and money on a solution that you think will make your house more energy efficient.
Another part of the evening was given to the discussion of remodeling in the neighborhood. The presenter was Camille Hook. She and her family had recently completed a pop-top addition to their house. Many of the points she presented are also available in another post by Osman titled "Pop Top Experience: An Interview with Camille Hook".
One topic of interest to me that Camille mentioned that is not in Osman's article has to do with the urban gardening that is going on in our neighborhood. One that is using her yard and others to create a neighborhood CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is run by Kipp Nash. Kipp and friends make use of front yards, back yards and community gardens to grow fresh vegetables that he shares with his CSA and sells at the Boulder Farmers' Market. Since I heard about this earlier this year I have been intrigued by the concept and want to promote it as much as I can.
Some links that mention Kipp's organization ("Community Roots"):
- Boulder Farmers’ Market: Fresh and Locally Grown