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Press Release: Detroit GreenDome

August 24, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.355.2009
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com

Geodesic Greenhouse proposal wins SOUP event to team up with Friends of Spaulding Court for a matched online speed-fundraising campaign via Kickstarter.

Detroit, Michigan – August 24, 2010 – Last Thursday, Detroit Dome’s Gregg Newsom and Corktown Resident Travis Roberts Jr. unveiled plans for an off-grid geodesic dome greenhouse as part of the Soup at Spaulding micro-fundraising event. Soup at Spaulding draws a crowd to North Corktown’s Spaulding Court each Thursday to jump start neighborhood initiatives. Attendees enjoy soup and salad for a $5 donation while three local projects vie for the opportunity to team up with Spaulding Court for a joint fundraising campaign on the popular Kickstarter website (http://kickstarter.com). With a five-day deadline, Detroit Domes and Friends of Spaulding Court aim to raise and split $2000 that will help move both projects forward. Detroit Domes is a “seed program” of Detroit Evolution that actively promotes low cost, sustainable tools, techniques and concepts in Detroit.

The proposed GreenDome is a low cost geodesic dome greenhouse with a 35′ diameter footprint designed for year round off-grid growing. For this project Angela and Gregg Newsom of Detroit Evolution are teaming up with their neighbor, Travis Roberts Jr. “We moved in next to Travis about a year ago and have been inspired by his drive to provide fresh food for people in the neighborhood,” Gregg shared. “Part of Detroit Evolution’s mission is to increase Detroiter’s access to healthy food and we’re honored to team up with Travis, both to support his work and raise awareness of the potential of the “off the map” thinking and ideas that Geodesic Domes can inspire.”

Phase one of the GreenDome includes the fabrication and construction of the dome’s frame and the support, bolstering and expansion of the existing garden into an adjacent city-owned lot. Partner C3LL3C will assist in material acquisition, helping the GreenDome project to reclaim conduit, lumber and glass from fully deconstructed blighted buildings. Angela Newsom, who recently attended an Urban Permaculture Intensive and is a graduate of the Urban Roots Community Gardening Training Program, will provide support and collaborate with agricultural experts throughout the city to maximize the quality and productivity of the food grown. “Dome growing can increase production simply and efficiently,” Newsom adds. “We’ll have the opportunity to grow in the ground and by hanging planters from the ceiling.”

Striving for self-reliance, the GreenDome’s second phase, set to begin in October, will focus on collaboration and experimentation with Detroit local techies, makers and farmers to develop low-cost sustainable designs applicable in urban settings. Phase two projects include heating the dome with BTU’s from chickens, compost and low-cost geothermal, air circulation and filtration facilitated through wind collection and the development of a “winged” roof that increases surface area and will offer high volume rain catchment. The final phase of the project will enclose the dome before the winter months.

“We’re happy to team up with our neighbors at Spaulding Court to raise funds for the dome,” Roberts added. “We’re all working together so that we can provide fresh, high quality fruits, vegetables and eggs in our neighborhood.” The GreenDome project has been posted on the popular online funding application Kickstarter and hopes to raise $2000 in just five days. Potential online backers from around the world have until Saturday, August 28th at 8pm to help grow Detroit’s first geodesic dome greenhouse. Please visit Friends of Spaulding Court (http://www.spauldingcourt.com/tiki-index.php) and Detroit Domes (http://www.detroitdomes.org) for more information on these projects and visit the GreenDome Project Kickstarter page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/236242112/detroit-dome-match) to make a contribution.


About Detroit Evolution
– Detroit Evolution promotes sustainable practices, social and environmental justice through Seed Programs: Detroit Abides, the Corktown Community Kitchen, People’s Yoga Detroit and Detroit Domes. In addition to offering healthy local catering we present workshops and community focused events that assist in and inspire the co-creation of a resilient and relocalized Detroit. http://detroitevolution.com

Detroit Domes actively promotes “off the map,” low-cost, sustainable tools, techniques and concepts in Detroit. http://detroitdomes.org

Travis Roberts, Jr. and Gregg Newsom are available for interviews or further information. Please contact Leeann Drees, Detroit Evolution’s Project Coordinator, at 313.355.2009.

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