At HomeGrown HideAways, we continually strive to make our farm and events as environmentally-friendly as possible. In addition to growing our own food and implementing Natural Building techniques, we are constantly trying to upgrade our facilities to be more energy-efficient. We have onsite composting and recycling, we've replaced incandescent lights with compact fluorescents and LEDs, and our sound-tech at Blackberry Creek Productions has been working with us to reduce energy consumption while maintaining the highest quality sound for our music events.
However, the best example of Appropriate Technology on the farm so far is our smallest building: the bath house. This little power-house is packed full of energy-saving features including motion-activated CFL lighting, low-flow sink and shower heads (the shower heads even have an easy-off button to turn off the water while you lather up!), but the neatest feature is a home-made solar water heater.
We joined forces with Appalachia - Science in the Public Interest, the Kentucky Solar Partnership and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) to host an installation workshop which also helped some folks that are working towards becoming certified energy practitioners through the NABCEP program. Give these folks a big Thank You the next time you take a hot shower at our place!