The Kid’s Cottage at Kensington Metropark is a perfect example of what happens when dozens of like-minded individuals voluntarily contribute their time for no other purpose than to create something using simple, organic resources to further improve our environment. This “Green” building was built completely by hand to function as a a gathering space while using sustainable building techniques. Building materials include wood milled from ash trees, straw bales, sticks and compressed earthen blocks. The thatched roof was made by harvesting an invasive plant known as phragmites. Surprisingly, most materials were found locally at the park. How is that for homegrown?