We moved back to Austin in March and we finally were able to start executing on some of the things we planned when we bought back in 2010. Back then, the sharing economy was just getting underway and things like AirBnB were just a blip on the radar. Now we’re online with our studio and continue to refine our offering. We’ve been operating since July and we’ve been booked about every weekend. So next time you roll through Austin and need a place close to a lot of great stuff, look us up! We’d love to have you.
Quiet Studio In Walkable Area of Zilker (78704)
Austin, TX, United States
Our guest studio is in the heart of the Zilker neighborhood right off South Lamar and Bluebonnet — minutes from Downtown and easily walkable to the bars, restaurants, theaters and live music on South Lamar (SoLa). We are eco-conscious, and run our household on Austin Energy’s 100% renewable energy plan. Our chickens are friendly, and so is the neighborhood. We offer a quiet space on a lovely street, ready for your next getaway.
After so much rain over the last few weeks, it was great to see the sun again on Sunday. We spent some time at the Fermentation Festival in the Seaholm District near downtown.
There were also workshops being held throughout the day at the Austin Public Library, which is a world-class facility if you haven’t been. All in all it was a well-attended event with a lively mix of fermented food and drink vendors. The samples were top-notch!
We’ve been back in Austin for about two weeks and I couldn’t think of a better way to re-acclimate to our former city than participating in the March For Our Lives demonstration. It was a great turnout and we look forward to keeping the discussion going. Enough!
The last few months have been a whirlwind for food waste efforts in Austin. Our working group wrapped up our first event on January 23rd, which was the kick-off and stakeholder meeting for the Year of Food Waste Prevention in Austin. More than 60 people attended, and included city officials, department heads, industry leaders and community advocates. The goal of the meeting was to launch and formalize the city-wide initiative around food waste in Austin.
Local green advocate Brandi Clark Burton led the meeting, and presented much of the research we’ve compiled from a local and national perspective. The first half of the meeting included the speakers below, who pledged their support for the initiative:
Brandi Clark Burton, Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer Austin EcoNetwork and EcoCampaigns
Laura Morrison, Austin City Council member
Lucia Athens, City of Austin Chief Sustainability Officer
Bob Gedert, Director of Austin Resource Recovery
Dr. Philip Huang, Medical Director/Health Authority
Vince Delisi, Assistant Division Manager, HHSD
Skeeter Miller, Austin Restaurant Association President, County Line & Cannoli Joe’s Owner & President
Following the presentation, we broke into working groups by industry cluster to address some of the challenges each segment might encounter as food is diverted from landfills. The working groups also identified where innovation might provide a boost — and perhaps most important — what the vision needs to be as things progress.
Response to the event was very positive. Here’s how people responded to the evaluation:
“I found the content important” 4.88(with 5 being the highest)
“I found the content relevant to me” 4.75
“Collaboration was evident”4.34
“This event will positively impact Austin” 4.46
“The city of Austin can accomplish a radical reduction of food waste” 4.63
We’re very excited about the momentum, but realize this is an ongoing fight. We’ve scheduled our next meeting for March 20h, so let us know if you’d like to help.