The Duck House is the home office of Democracy Unlimited and home for some of our staff and our interns. Our house is not open to the public, but we do hold events here for our members and volunteers.
The Duck House is an old Victorian farm house. We have several pets who share the house with us - our dog Annie, two cats Sebastian and Luchadora, two beehives, ten chickens, and of course, two ducks - Alice and Wendy, named after two of our favorite friends and volunteers.
We've spent time cultivating garden space and fruit trees in our back yard. On the 14th Street side of our house we have a 2,500 gallon water tank that catches rainwater from our roof in the rainy months to water our garden in the dry months of summer. The City of Eureka granted us a variance for our project because it does not meet setback requirements from the street, but it was the optimal location for the tank. The system was designed and installed by Nicole Vincent for an HSU class. Check out appropedia.org for more information about our system and the documentation of her project.
We have a compost pile and two worm bins and our landscaping is either edible or functional - the redwood trees on the north side of the house provide a windbreak, and the flowers provide food and habitat for our honey bees and native bees as well.
We take great pride in our home, both as a personal space that provides for us, but also as a community space -- whether it is for our DUHC community or our neighbors around us.
If you would like to visit us, please schedule an appointment.