We had an interesting start, Saturday’s events were pushed to Sunday as tornadoes touched down in North Carolina, we lost a few folks because of it, but still had a decent turn out. My day started out at 7am – I am not a morning person – and it off to wrangle some chickens. They certainly weren’t happy with me for most of the morning, but we got our tent setup for the day.
The day started off slow, but as people got out of church – this is the Bible belt after all – things really picked up. I gave three talks through out the day on Tiny Houses to around 50 people interested in Tiny Houses. I also had boat loads of people coming up to me and saying “you’re that Tiny House guy aren’t you”. The coverage by Mother Earth, Tiny House Blog and Treehugger resonated loudly with the people of Charlotte and surrounding. So most of the day I was juggling talking about urban chickens, tiny houses, and tours for the off the grid container home.
I will be posting a bunch of photos later this week, early next, but here are a few general ones for now. Below is some cars from the green car show, a container structure and general shots.
Check out some of the other classes that are being offered!
It is official! The Tiny House Conference is happening. The conference will be in Charlotte NC, April 16th from 10am to 7pm. The conference is completely free for all that wish to attend. I know this is less than a month away, but I recently ironed out the details. To be able to offer you all a huge array to things to do, I decided to combined forces with Charlotte’s Center for Sustainability, which is a larger event, but gives us more to do. They have agreed to combined efforts, their Green Eco-friendly festival, with my Tiny House education sessions. So we are officially under the umbrella of the Charlotte Clean and Green Festival, which boasts a huge array of things to do. I have arranged to also have tours of a completely off the grid container home. During the day I will be teaching classes on Tiny Houses, running a booth on urban chickens, and running tours of the container home.
You can do all these things that I offer, plus they will have a full schedule of free classes on all sorts of green topics. I will be posting the class schedule in the next few classes, but rest assure there are going to be some awesome ones! There will be 100+ booths on all sorts of green /ecofriendly things. After the classes have ended we will break off from the larger festival as a Tiny House Group and will be heading to a large community garden where we will be giving a tour of the garden, the chickens, quail and an informal talk on local sustainable agriculture. If folks still have it in them we will grab dinner after and talk.
So I have been thinking and thinking about this idea of a meetup for Tiny House people. I have figured out a few things all of which are free or cheap, this is still in the planning stages.
What I have figured out:
- Location to host in Charlotte, NC
- Tour of an off-the-grid container home
- Tour of first LEED certified Hotel in Charlotte
- Green / Eco-Friendly expo with a series of talks
- Possible tour of a micro farm
- A short list of speakers (not yet approached)
What I still need to button down:
- A Tubleweed style home brought to Charlotte, NC for tours
- Print Materials / guides
- Finalizing the above
- Marketing / Promotion
- Group to webcast talks and video tours
What can you do to help?
Have a Tiny House?
Want to volunteer?
So my friend Kent over at TinyHouseBlog.com has put forth a great post, he is asking about the next steps we need to take to start meeting face to face. Now this is not an easy task, for many of us, we are far from others. In fact, this blog is read by people in 150+ countries!
I did have a map going of where Tiny House people are located, but it recently was shut down because the website that ran it shut its doors. The other bloggers and I need to come up with a replacement, I will be talking with them soon on that note.
Why should we meet?
First off, it is always good to socialize with people who are passionate about the same thing. I have talked about how relationships are so important and how I try to drive a personal connection. Next I see it as a way to gather and share information in a highly concentrated form. The information gained in a few hours of talking would talk 10′s or 100′s of post on this blog. Finally bring a group together with a Tiny House bring press, press bring awareness to our issue and challenges thinking.
What will do?
What I propose – this can be changed and improved – is after locating people in a certain area, we determine a meeting place that is central. The most successful meet will have at least one Tiny House which will draw people and the press if things go well. The day will consist of:
- Meet and greet
- Tiny House tour
- Sharing our story with press
- Information sessions
- Distributing materials
- Exchanging contact info
- Determining next steps (if any?)
In the comments please give me some feedback on what I laid out here. Some questions you might consider in your comment:
- What would you like to see?
- What info sessions would be useful?
- Where are you located?