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Earthship Malawi, Africa – Join Us!

This October, Earthship Biotecture will be joined by a team of student soldiers to build an Earthship flower design community center in Malawi, Africa.  We are working together with a local NGO, Empower Malawi, to gather people and funds to spread the word and build two rooms (petals) over the course of ten days.  The dates of this project are October 7th-16th, 2013.

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The project, Kapita Earthship Community Centre, is to become a sustainable development epicenter for 38 villages and over 5,000 rural people in South East Mzimba district in Malawi. The Kapita Earthship Community Centre is to house a community bank, a mini library, a dispensary, offices and a food bank.

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Earthship Academy Update: New Global Model Earthship

Global Model @ HQ being built by the Spring Academy cont.

The Academy session is already in its final few weeks and the one bedroom global model is looking more like a house every day.  The interior framing is almost completed with proper footings in place for door frames.  Electrical boxes are being installed, grey water bed has been filled and packing out of the tire wall continues.  This past week, the vigas were delivered and took all students to get them up the berm and in place.  Here are a few pictures of this process and the progress of the building.

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Welcome Spring Academy 2013!

Week one of the first academy session of 2013 has been eventful and is already coming to a close.  We have 33 students attending from all around the world with the same goal in mind: learning and sharing Earthships.  Orientation was early morning on Monday, where everyone arrived at the Visitor Center for a meet and greet.  Kirsten Jacobsen, our Academy Director, led the introduction to the students, followed by a talk with Mike Reynolds in the classroom.  

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First Aquaponics Salad from Earthship Biotecture Visitor Center

aquaponic sytemFebruary 20. 2013, I made our first AQUAPONIC salad from lettuce, tomatoes and herbs, growing in our Aquaponic system.

This Aquapocic System was built on 9 and 10 October 2012, by James Fry, an Earthship Academy student from 2012, as his independent field study.

Follow him on GrowEverywhere.com/aquaponics, and also see our article Earthship Installs First Aquaponics System at HQ

 

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Final days for this round in Comalapa, Guatemala

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The Earthship crew has completed the 3-week build that donated a home to a family in Comalapa, Guatemala for the second time around.  Working with Long Way Home, a non-profit organization in Comalapa working to build sustainable schools, we were able to raise the appropriate amount of money as well as gather volunteers and organize to allow this project to take place.   We are thankful for all who participated and donated to this project.

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Amazing cucumber plant in a suspended growing bucket in our Earthship Visitors Center

cucumber plantThis cucumber plant is growing in a suspended growing bucket near the west side door in our Earthship Visitors Center greenhouse. The plant is three to four months old and has yielded 23 large cucumbers to date, and is still going strong!

Three large eight inch cucumbers were picked about 10 days ago. Today, 11/26/12, I picked 13 eight inch cucumbers, which are on display at our Earthship Visitors Center for the day. All the employees here today, will be able to take a cucumber home  for dinner.

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My First Week Experiencing Earthships: 1994

The full moon is rising over the mountains to the east, bright and fat and every pine tree along the ridge is silhouetted by the moon in sharp detail like black paper cutouts.  I’m sitting out side under an archway made of empty aluminum cans and cement.  The ends of the cans shine, silvery coins, with moonlight.

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Occupy Earthships

How do you explain to people what an alternative is when they do not understand the status quo?  Stick-frame housing build with no consideration of the surrounding environment, relying on pumped in water, heat, air conditioning, electricity and pumping out its own waste at rate the municipal systems are not able to deal with.  This model for housing is horribly outdated and can and will fail at any time from interruptions in the grid, shortages of fuel….

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