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ESF Students Build an Earth Ship

Last weekend, along with a group of around 20 other ESF students, I packed up and headed down to Livonia, NY to build an Earthship.  Before we left I think few of new what we were getting ourselves into, but building an Earthship sounded really cool, so we got up early, typed the address into the GPS and off we went. So before I go any further I should probably explain what an Earthship is.  Basically it’s a type of natural building made primarily out of recycled materials (usually tires, bottles and cans) and cob.  There is a focus on various natural design features including passive solar design and water retention systems.  The design was created by Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico, but has been adapted to climates across the globe.  They are super insulated and super sustainable. The drive down was beautiful, and when we arrived the sun was shining bright.  Jamie, the proud builder of the Earthship, was there to greet us, in worn jeans and bare feet with a big smile on his face. Read more...

Sirius Livin’

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to live and study permaculture design in a small eco-village called Sirius Community. It is nestled away in Shutesbury MA, a little known town although it is only a 10 minute drive away from the bustling college towns of Amherst and Northampton. Before I found this class last spring I didn’t know what permaculture was and neither did many of my friends and professors at ESF. Read more...

Tears Like Diamonds

Blazing music from speakers during Juice Jam in the field of south campus; this was the place to be on Sunday, September 12. The concert opened with rap artist Lupe Fiasco and later closed with the mashup trio known as Super Mash Bros. But the true highlight of the day was clearly from the electro-pop synth stylings by Passion Pit. Read more...

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