Kori Feener lives sustainability.
A photographer and videographer by profession, Feener is the first occupant of the Natick Massachusetts Community Organic Farm’s latest project – a “tiny house.”
Erected earlier this year adjacent to the farm’s root cellar, the house made of Vermont pine occupies all of 150 square feet from top to bottom. The bedroom is on top, along with some storage space; the bathroom, kitchen and living area occupy the bottom floor. Nooks and crannies are everywhere; photos, books, clothing and personal items fill every space. Yet, there is room not only for Feener, but for her dog Ember and cat Salem.
Propane tanks provide fuel for the kitchen’s stove and hot water for the sink and shower stall; there is also a composting toilet and a solar panel.
Feener pays for the propane and electricity (she also fills the tanks and cleans out the composting toilet at least once a month). She even repurposed items for the house.
“The door I got from Walnut Hill,” she said, adding that she “recycled” a window and lighting fixture.
Walnut Hill is where Feener taught, and where she connected to the farm. She wanted her students to videotape scenes at the farm. However, Feener liked the farm so much that she is videotaping a 12-part web series, “On the Farm,” with two episodes already available on YouTube.
“There’s so much richness on the farm,” she said.
When Lynda Simkins, the farm’s director, decided to have a “tiny house” built on the farm, Feener acted as foreman.
“I was the go-between with the farm and the company building the house,” she said.
So why a “tiny house” and not a trailer? In two words, sustainability and affordability.