In 2010, Temple members Andy & Janet Katz purchased a five-acre lot on Eggeman Road in southwest Fort Wayne. The site was flat and sunny, perfect for a large garden and orchards, and also for solar panels.
With architect Tim Gray of Ball State University and Crane Builders from Indianapolis, they designed and built their home, Green Oak Farm – named for the food they wanted to grow, the oak trees on the property, and the home’s environmentally friendly features.
The Katzes moved into their home in May 2016. Though some work is still ongoing, they look forward to welcoming Achduth Vesholom members to visit Green Oak Farm, 3819 Eggeman Road, on Sunday, September 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. for an open house arranged by the Temple’s Adult Education Committee.
The home was built as part of Andy & Janet’s longstanding commitment to the environment and tikkun olam (repairing the world). They hope to be ready to apply for LEED Certification this fall, aiming for Gold Certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes Certification standards are established by the U.S. Green Building Council, with four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour of the home, and Andy and Janet will be happy to answer questions and provide more detailed explanations of the home’s green features. This program is geared for adults and youth age 10 and older. Space is limited, so please RSVP to the Temple office by Wednesday, September 6.
*There is parking for about 15 cars along the driveway, and parking is not allowed on Eggeman Road. Those who live nearby are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes, as the home is directly on the Aboite Trail. Visitors can also park in the parking lot at the Aboite Township Trustee Community Center at 11321 Aboite Center Road and walk along the Aboite Trail about 0.25 miles to the house.