'Weirder Austin' Permaculture, Aquaponics and Artist project
'Weirder Austin' Permaculture, Aquaponics and Artist project
We are a Sustainable Lifestyle & Artist community working to make natural food, art & education accessible to our community.
We are a Sustainable Lifestyle & Artist community working to make natural food, art & education accessible to our community. Read more
Who We Are and What We Do:
Weirder Austin is a community of artists and permaculturalists committed to regenerative and sustainable gardening practices - who want to expand accessibility to locally grown chem-free, non-GMO food while spreading "how-to" knowledge to all. Weirder Austin is a small scale urban farm that relies on a number of sustainable systems such as aquaponics, permaculture, rainwater harvesting and more to facilitate a healthy garden and food forest, livestock, egg production and culinary mushroom cultivation.
Located in a USDA food desert – an area of town where grocery stores and access to healthy food and organic produce are all but nonexistent, Weirder Austin has already made strides to provide education in establishing regenerative and environmentally beneficial food forests and gardens in parks and neighborhoods just outside the heart of the city.
Spend some time at this productive city farm and its easy to forget that you are in the middle of one of America’s most bustling cities – Austin, TX OR that the beautiful expansive urban farm on which we stand was once a neglected urban parcel. Since then, years of bio-remediation, a steadfast commitment to our goals and a supportive neighborhood community has transformed and restored the farm into what it is today.
Why YOUR Participation is SO Important:
With your help, our project promises to boost production and the scope of goods and services that we can provide. We will be able to build on making available free roaming guinea fowl and chicken eggs, a vast variety of fruits and vegetables, culinary & medicinal mushrooms, and education opportunities on sustainable gardening and building techniques. To date, Weirder Austin has hosted workshops on earth oven construction, composting, aquaponics, permaculture design and papercrete construction, just to name a few.
Increasing Access to Healthy Food:
One of our project goals includes converting a 1950s boat into BOATPONICS a mobile aquaponics system, allowing folks to pick the freshest herbs and vegetables available - while also having access to the fish that help to feed the very system in which their food grows! This will allow community members with normally limited access an option to consume naturally grown local produce and protein for their family and friends.
Meet your Meat & Meet Your Milk:
These programs are a co-op style membership where you'll learn hands on animal husbandry as well as clean and compassionate processing techniques for urban households. We love all our animals and strive to make sure they have only one bad day. With Kickstarters help we'll be adding rabbits into the mix this fall and we plan on growing most of their feed (sprouted grasses, sweet potato vine etc.) to produce the best natural meats around. The goal of these programs is that you gain the knowledge and confidence to start raising animals in your backyard.
Up-cycled Material for Buildings, Furniture and Art:
At Weirder Austin we advocate for using post consumer materials for home building, home furnishing and functional art! Our skilled artists provide both handcrafted functional pieces for the home (like tables, stools, lamps etc.) as well as education opportunities on utilizing recycled materials to create usable art.
Famous Last Words:
So here's the last part of the spiel where we emphasize that we are just a group of hard working artists who have a passion for environmentally responsible lifestyle options - and we don't believe these options should be reserved to a limited few.
We are committed to providing accessibility to the freshest food available and empowering education opportunities to ALL who are open to it, and that means thinking globally by acting locally. This work will go on regardless of whether our funding goals are met, because, gosh darn it, this is what we do! However, our impact could be so much greater with your help in achieving further reaching effects in our community; in implementing higher production, working towards an empowered healthier people and planet, more gardens in neighborhood yards, more positive relationships between neighbors, and more access to clean and nutritious locally grown food and knowledge!
How could you NOT feel good about supporting that!
Thank you for your time, attention, and consideration - and THANK YOU for your support and participation in Weirder Austin!
note: ape99.org is our permaculture education outreach organization.
Risks and challenges
Weirder Austin is always finding ways to improve our design and implementation. Over the years we have run up against a variety of problems (or learning opportunity as we call 'em) that have tested our problem-solving skill. Each problem to solve has given us the opportunity to test our concept and our ability to overcome setbacks.
In our hyper local urban farm the potential for issues are from the aquaponics systems due to their complexity - they require electricity, pumps, plumbing, and greenhouse, as well as a delicate balance of nutrients for the plants, fish, and bacteria in the system. In the early stages of the project we will need to monitor and adjust the system to function at its peak capabilities.
Other significant risks include weather events (freeze, torrential storm, heat wave and droughts) as well as the risk that we will not achieve our funding goals and will be unable to complete our development objectives in line with our projected timeline.
The most important way to mitigate these risks is through education (all WA members are trained Permaculturists) and implementation of well designed solutions and we feel that this is our greatest strength - we've taken the time in educating ourselves and we've spent untold hours designing and then translating those designs into reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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