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April 8, 2013

Earthship Workshop + Seed Experiment


At the d.collective space in Berlin-Neukölln, Johannes presented his personal experiences as a student at Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos, New Mexico, USA. Johannes explained the basic principles of Earthships and building radically sustainable homes with recycled materials. In the second part of the event the participants were invited to plant a seed and to start a community seed library. The seeds were given to us by a friend and were grown and harvested inside an earthship in Taos. The idea of the seed library is to share seeds, knowledge and stories a bout growing an independent (urban) farming community.bucket jojo letus seeds talk-jo talk-jo2 windowfarm

March 9, 2013

Priceless moments at Earthship Biotecture Academy


Who doesn’t have the dream of building a home – a house that provides you with shelter, access to water and sanitation, a home where you can cook for your family and friends with food from your garden? Michael Reynolds has created not only one of the most radical building methods for this planet, but maybe also the most revolutionary training programs today.

Our time at Earthship Academy was priceless – there is nothing like the feeling of manifesting something good and learning something for life.

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After a long day at the building site you sit back and look at what you have created with your own hands. The wall that wasn’t there in the morning, the windowframe you put together or the domestructure which you had to lift up with 10 other people to finish construction of a roof.
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Your buddies are smiling, too. Their hands are as brusised as your own from hauling buckets filled with dirt and pounding tires all day long. You feel like comrades, you feel accomplishment.
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Sitting in the classroom you begin to wonder why you had never learned about aquaponics systems or solar-thermal heating in highschool.
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The next generation will have to. Why not go on a fieldtrip to Taos?
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All of a sudden the laws of physics begin to make sense, when you have just installed a solar-power system on the roof of your school building.
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After you learned the principles in class you go into the field and apply your knowledge.
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You appreciate your salads for lunch more when your last class was about heirloom seeds, cross-polination of tomatoe plants in indoor-gardens and mushroom production on logs and you are eating the plants from your own garden.
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At night you reflect what you have learned and you share your experiences. After five minutes into the dinner the jokes make you want to leave the table. But you stay, and risk to piss your pants.
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The Mesa, the mountains, the forests and the rio grande become your home.
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Your sensitivity changes. Wind, heat, cold, oxygen, water. You follow the path of the sun and the stars.
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You enter the pyramid.
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March 20, 2012

Water Experience Station at Tempelhof Airport- die Globale & Xylem Watermark


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An Interesting  co-work recently happened in Berlin, at the Tempelhof airfield, the old ‘Luftbruecke’, where now various community projects take place. When we found out about the project, our team members Laura and Johannes had to go down there to see, what was once again happening in the backyard of Berlin.

We were surprised of how the event turned out, when a bus full of engineers and water experts arrived and were greeted by Karin and Marco, who had all the plans, material and tools ready for building a water experience station for the local community.

UPJ is a German national network of engaged businesses and local non-profit intermediary organizations, which connects businesses and society, contributing to solve social challenges and to shape sustainable communities. UPJ brought together Die Globale e.V.  and Xylem Watermark Inc. Together they equipped the Tempelhofer community and garden with a water way system which will be further developed and used as an outdoor learning environment for local children.

Die Globale e.V. is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation which focuses on practical education models for kids and their parents, to gain knowledge in nature through experiments and learning by doing.

They provided building materials, tools and a filled water tank from which the children can pump up water  down through carved wooden pipes to a small water-wheel, which was assembled on site. This provides a space for young students and kindergartners to learn about the movement of water, gravity, basic physics, as well as satisfying curiosity with thier own hands and imaginations. The project was left open-ended for the kids to decide for themselves how it will develop.

Engineers and chairmen of  Xylem Watermark Inc. were here in Berlin for a 2 day global conference.  Some of the time they spent here, was focused on direct work for the comunity, something Xylem tries to accomplish at every conference they attend.

It was great spontaneous teamwork and fun. Everybody enjoyed spending half a day building something together, putting their hands to work and having a good time for a good cause.

Also local kids were involved by providing necessary sand piles and learning from the experts, eventually they will have to finish the job themselves. Other volunteers were helping out with the construction or reporting about the project.

We appreciate that we were able to become part of this learning opportunity by helping out during the workshop, putting our hands to work and to cover the experience for our followers.

Die Globale Web http://dieglobale.org/index.php/87-kontakt

Xylem Watermark Web  http://xylemwatermark.com/

UPJ Web  http://www.upj.de/

Special thanks to Yehuda Swed for photo material  http://www.yudaswed.com/

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