The Eco-Shack!


A small building, garden, and information center modeling residential construction, agro-ecology and landscape design practice endorsed by ECI.

The “shack” and parcel surrounding it will be an outdoor teaching lab for ecology, permaculture and regenerative design. Outfitted with a roof based rainwater collection system, the shack site will feature a rain barrel, rain garden, edible native plant-scape, colonial herb garden and cottage garden, as well as examples of contemporary organic gardening technique. 

Working in tandem with the community and school gardens the Eco-shack will provide a fundraising location via the sale of organic produce and locally handcrafted artifacts.  ECI staff members, college interns, local youth, and interested community members will work together to install and maintain the gardens.

On January 2nd the Eco-Shack! was moved to its home at the Good Ground Heritage Garden at St. Joseph Villa. We are grateful to Rich Mistretta from The Garage, to Bill Siegal and Tony Romano, and to all the ECI volunteers who made the move possible!

On May 10th, the Eco-Shack! had electricity installed thanks to Quinlin Electric!