sure. The building containing the loft i've lived in since July 2010 (see photos here http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerfo...ml#post1971978) has a whole bunch of stuff going on. There is only one residential tenancy (mine, to be taken over by a friend of mine from next week), but also a plethora of community oriented things. Music teachers, band rehearsal rooms (e.g. these guys Knives At Noon // ThunderVeins (2011) - YouTube, Knives At Noon - Violins and Violence - YouTube, and these guys sometimes The Chills - Pink Frost - YouTube), two dance studios, a wind energy design company, other small businesses, artist studios, etc, plus a community learning centre. I wanted a vegetable garden, so converted a small patch of lawn when i got back from europe september last year. It's been producing heaps, a few zucchini every day, as much lettuce as i want, spinach to spare, tomatoes starting to fruit properly, radishes, etc. Simple stuff. Anyway, there had been talk about building a garden for the community learning centre to eventually maintain/take over for a while. Utilising some terraced asphalt area and a small patch of weed filled land. I volunteered to get it up and running, cos it's the sort of thing that i think is really cool. Someone else built a few planter boxes, i did some landscaping (getting on the sweaty end of a shovel is a good tilt release) and some planting. It's about 70% finished, the boxes are cropping well and I'm about to plant green compost crops (peas and oats) on the not quite finished area so that it will be ready to fire come spring.
Originally Posted by rpm
Long story. Anyway, my vegetable garden takes up a small corner of a big section of what is currently lawn. I've been talking to the local organic shop people (shout out to Taste Nature if you're ever in dunedin!), some wannabe hipsters, and some gardening types + the manager of the building and we're (hopefully, fingers crossed, etc) looking at getting about 45 square metres of lawn turned into productive vegetable garden to start cropping next spring/summer. Not sure what we'll do with the food, probably donate to a couple of local organisations that do really nice work with poverty, or to women's refuge, or similar. I like that poker leaves me time to get this sort of thing underway, that i can afford to pour a few of my $$ into this sort of project, and that i don't mind volunteering in things that i believe in cos i have enough spare hours to not have to ration my time too much. I used to talk a lot and do less, now I'm trying to do the 'actions speak louder' thing, and i find it really satisfying.
plus i like to write about things i'm excited about. Long read/rant. Oh well, it's my op...