Posts Tagged ‘Pot luck’

Earthship community get-together on May 5th!

Join us to learn about Earthships, meet people interested in sustainable living and building, and get involved!

We are excited to bring people together, new and old. Bring a dish you enjoy and a friend if you like!

Taos Mesa Brewery

Taos Mesa Brewery

Timeline:
7:00 Arrive
7:20 Eat and Greet
7:45 Intro to Earthship Seattle
8:00 Video about Earthships (changing monthly)
8:30 Volunteer Opportunity Sign Up and Questions
9:00 Head home or stay and mingle!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sophie Suberman via Meetup or Facebook!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!
Click here to RSVP on Meetup!


An Aquapon’s Delightful First Earthship Meeting

Earthships. What are they? Are they talking about the Earth as a ship, or what exactly? Makes sense right? Sailing thru space and such. While I already knew the answer, I figured why not learn more locally if I can, so I did. Running ‘Anything Aquaponics’ here in Seattle, I have been interested in integrating Earthships into system designs for some clients, and having seen it done on a small scale I reached out to ‘Earthships Seattle’. They encouraged me to join their Meetup group and attend a meeting.

This past Monday I had the great fortune of dropping in on an Earthships Seattle meeting. Some attendees and myself were greeted by the host Florian at the door and ushered inside. Being among the first to arrive, we mingled while consuming the delicious appetizers as more members poured in. The food was just as diverse as the group; Individuals from all over the country, Central America and Europe. Stuffed peppers, pressed chocolate, and fresh bread from a Ballard bakery were among the many delightful hors d’œuvres. Once the group swelled to just over 20 folks the meeting formally began.

Event Organizer Sophie initiated a ‘fill-in-the-blank’ style of introductions to go around the room. Most people appeared to be new to the ‘ships’ as they are referred in these circles, but we privy to the concept and were inspired to drop in and learn more. A few members of the group have completed the Earthship Academy workshops and have built multiple ships all over the world. Tele-conference was also conducted for those who could not physically attend, but were still interested.
Following the introduction session a video clip from Democracy Now on Earthships was put on. The piece was on Michael Reynolds (the father of Earthships) the story behind the movement. One topic he covered that I bring up in my aquaponics classes is establishing local food security as a social dissent deterrent. Put more succinctly: feed hungry people and they are less likely to commit crimes.

Seth R. Connell

Seth R. Connell

Mr. Reynolds’ sense of humor was acceptably dry and industrious; poking fun at the global market machine by referring to glass bottles, soda cans, and used tires as ‘indigenous to all continents’. When questioned about his Architecture license being revoked by the government he confirmed the case. Reynolds went on to describe that because Earthships are so efficient and different that they do not abide by modern architecture’s international building code standards. After losing his license he came up with the term ‘Biotecture’, which ended up being the latter half of his new business ‘Earthship Biotecture’.

Other key points on the video to bring up for anyone not familiar are rather unbelievable to newbies. Benefits such as year-round indoor gardening, constant regulated temperature, solar/wind/alt power sources, and Eachship boasting a utility bill grand total of under $100 per year; those are the main head turners. Structures are on average comprised of 45% recycled or upcycled materials, and the rest purchased.

Upon the videos end, hearing their stories over the course of the night was rather inspiring. Some of the certified ship builders had actually spent months with Reynolds. From what I was able to gather, these homes average out to the same expense per square foot as a modern home. While that may be true, to this writer the benefits of Earthships drastically outweigh the plain functionless structure of the cookie-cutter boxes most of us call home.

Local Earthship events were mentioned as well if you feel like getting involved. What the group has dubbed the ‘Trash Studio’ is located in the Columbia City neighborhood of South Seattle. It is near completion and they have setup the final few workshop days on their Meetup.com page. Upcoming workshops are on the following dates and you can RSVP on their Meetup page: 3/16, 3/20, 3/27, and 3/29.

There are a variety of other opportunities for Earthships to be built in Western Washington which were mentioned, many of which are still up in the air, and our state’s legislators make it very difficult to approve plans. There are ways to work with city/county inspectors to get these projects accomplished and I’m sure there will be more information available as those respective projects move along.

About this time the meeting concluded and some people disembarked for home. I stayed and talked more in depth with those who stuck around, as well as signed up for some volunteer positions on the board. My aquaponics company keeps me busy, but there is enough downtime to contribute my time to helping this group get these ships in the ground (not off it).
If you are one of the people who actually practices being the change you want to see in the world, rather than just saying it, then you should definitely join this group! There are many other positions available for people to join this great group of skilled enthusiasts and certified builders. Workshops, meetings, and even road-trips to Earthships are among the activities they hold.

I personally had a fantastic time and am excited to play a role in the group. Can totally see myself turning from a professional Aquapon into a bit of a E-shipper/Shippie or whatever the proper moniker is. Please find them on meetup.com or on Facebook.
http://www.meetup.com/Earthship-Seattle/
https://www.facebook.com/EarthshipSeattle/


Earthship community get-together on April 6th!

Join us to learn about Earthships, meet people interested in sustainable living and building, and get involved!

We are excited to bring people together, new and old. Bring a dish you enjoy and a friend if you like!

Taos Mesa Brewery

Taos Mesa Brewery

Timeline:
7:00 Arrive
7:20 Eat and Greet
7:45 Intro to Earthship Seattle
8:00 Video about Earthships (changing monthly)
8:30 Volunteer Opportunity Sign Up and Questions
9:00 Head home or stay and mingle!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sophie Suberman via Meetup or Facebook!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!
Click here to RSVP on Meetup!


Learn from the Master — Part 2

2009 Earthship Seminar

2009 Earthship Seminar

On Monday July 6th, we’re gonna watch the second part of the 2009 Earthship Seminar taught by the Garbage Warrior (aka Michael Reynolds) himself.

We’ll start with a potluck at 6pm and the video will start at 6:30pm sharp, so please don’t be late.

This video is actually available on YouTube. It’s a little over 2 hours, and we thought it would be nicer to watch it together.

If you want to check out the first few minutes to see if it’s your thing, or if you just want to watch it on your own, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUUob15LOf8

The location will be Florian’s place in Greenlake. Please leave a comment here in this event and you’ll get the address. Don’t wait until the last minute.

The location will be Florian’s place in Greenlake. Please RSVP on Facebook (click here) or Meetup (click here).


Seattle June Meetup: Learn from the Master!

2009 Earthship Seminar

2009 Earthship Seminar

On Tuesday June 23rd, we’re gonna watch the first part of the 2009 Earthship Seminar taught by the Garbage Warrior (aka Michael Reynolds) himself.

We’ll start with a potluck at 6pm and the video will start at 6:30pm sharp, so please don’t be late.

This video is actually available on YouTube. It’s a little over 2 hours, and we thought it would be nicer to watch it together.

If you want to check out the first few minutes to see if it’s your thing, or if you just want to watch it on your own, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHR5hyTBnSM

The location will be Florian’s place in Greenlake. Please RSVP on Facebook (click here) or Meetup (click here).


Permaculture Action Day

Mixing cob

Mixing cob

Join us on Sunday June 21st for a Permaculture Action Day at the Seattle Trash Studio, a radically sustainable building project.

There will be several free workshops on Bottle Bricking, both glass, and plastic. Cob making. Tire pounding. Mosaic cob working, and much, much more.

This is a pot luck, community building event where you will learn about the beautiful art of Permaculture. So please bring a dish or snack to share. This is a kid friendly event. Your kids will learn a lot.

Bringing your own water bottle is also helpful. Be prepared to get dirty. 🙂

We would love for you to bring clean dry plastic, and plastic bottles of all sizes. Glass Bottles. Big bottles like wine bottles, all colors and clear. Also if you have any broken dishes that could be used as mosaic pieces, broken stones, and anything you think would work for that. Please bring it and contribute it to the building we are making out of trash. It will be an art studio and learning center when it is complete.

Because the Trash Studio is located at a private residence you must RSVP, then we will private message the address to the event, to you the day before.

Please RSVP on Facebook or Meetup using the links below:
Click here to RSVP on Meetup.
Click here to RSVP on Facebook.


Potluck + work party at the Earthship Trash Studio!

Lunch

Lunch

All the people who are going to our trip to Taos in a few weeks are getting together for a potluck at 12pm.

But it will also be a work party, so feel free to join even if you’re not going to Taos with us (maybe you’ll go on a later trip).

This work party will be led by Florian.
This is a pot luck, so please bring a dish to share.

Make sure to keep your RSVP status up to date so that we know how many are coming. The exact address will be sent in private 24h in advance to those who RSVP.
Click here to RSVP on Meetup.
Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

If you’re new to all this, then keep reading:

The Trash Studio is an Earthship inspired tool shed which will act as the first demonstration of Earthship principles in Seattle, and hopefully spark new projects and interest, and be a learning site for the community for the years to come.

It is not a full on Earthship. An Earthship is a set of 6 principles: building with recycled and natural materials, passive heating and cooling, rain water harvesting, renewable electricity production, in door food production, and contained sewage treatment.

The Trash Studio is not implementing the Earthship principles about electricity, food, or sewage. It’s partially implementing the Earthship principles of passive heating and cooling, and rain water harvesting. It is implementing to an extreme the Earthship principle about recycled and natural materials. As a matter of fact, we have used absolutely no money on the build so far, and instead have been relying on volunteer work, various local gift economy networks, and creativity to turn trash into building materials.

Florian is a founding member of Earthship Seattle. He’s attended the Earthship Academy in 2013, volunteered on Earthship projects in the Philippines and Canada, and designed the Trash Studio.


Potluck + work party at the Earthship Trash Studio!

Lunch

Lunch

All the people who are going to our trip to Taos in a few weeks are getting together for a potluck at 12pm.

But it will also be a work party, so feel free to join even if you’re not going to Taos with us (maybe you’ll go on a later trip).

This work party will be led by Florian.
This is a pot luck, so please bring a dish to share.

Make sure to keep your RSVP status up to date so that we know how many are coming. The exact address will be sent in private 24h in advance to those who RSVP.
Click here to RSVP on Meetup.
Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

If you’re new to all this, then keep reading:

The Trash Studio is an Earthship inspired tool shed which will act as the first demonstration of Earthship principles in Seattle, and hopefully spark new projects and interest, and be a learning site for the community for the years to come.

It is not a full on Earthship. An Earthship is a set of 6 principles: building with recycled and natural materials, passive heating and cooling, rain water harvesting, renewable electricity production, in door food production, and contained sewage treatment.

The Trash Studio is not implementing the Earthship principles about electricity, food, or sewage. It’s partially implementing the Earthship principles of passive heating and cooling, and rain water harvesting. It is implementing to an extreme the Earthship principle about recycled and natural materials. As a matter of fact, we have used absolutely no money on the build so far, and instead have been relying on volunteer work, various local gift economy networks, and creativity to turn trash into building materials.

Florian is a founding member of Earthship Seattle. He’s attended the Earthship Academy in 2013, volunteered on Earthship projects in the Philippines and Canada, and designed the Trash Studio.