Recently, one of our staff members, Ashton Wolfe purchased an Earthship of her own in the Greater World Community located in the gravel pit. Closed on the 30th of August, 2012, this is not only her first Earthship, but her first house. The house is a one bedroom, one bathroom global model Earthship that was originally built by Earthship foreman, Ron Sciarillo as a spec house (year?). She is the first owner of this home. Asked about her Earthship and her plans for this house, she proves to be really excited with plans to add to the Earthship in order to live as sustainably and self-contained as possible. Ashton is ready to begin her life as a resident and member of the Greater World Community.
One woman’s surreal adventures living off the grid in a New Mexico earthship, preparing for the fall of America.
When you’re living in a city, it’s easy to idealize living off the grid. It’s beautiful, it’s free, it’s radical sustainability. But out here, you learn that the system is impossible to escape.
My friends west of the Mississippi are prepared for a crash. They’ve got gardens, goats, chickens, big dogs, good boots, loaded guns, composting toilets, and off-the-grid houses. They talk about it like it’s for certain. They’re not just prepared for the system to crash; they want it to. They say, I love America. I love it so much that I want it to crumble and fall. I love America so much that I want to see it reborn.
I’m a casting producer for Leopard Films in NYC and we are casting a new documentary in which we want to profile people who are moving “Off the Grid”.
In a perfect world, we’d like to document your move from Suburbia to off the grid in order to live off the wild, build your own homes, to be safe, and healthy.
We’d love to document the journey of moving in while your family is building your new home from scratch or just moving into new property. It can also be a situation where you are just developing it as a 2nd home as well. This documentary will be aimed at showing what the pros are for doing this life change.
For details, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
from the Ithaca Earthship Build...
Our new friend Scott, a Cornell PhD student in biological and environmental engineering, is studying our earthship and its impact in our community and people's happiness. Please fill out this short survey for him, especially if you've stopped by!
Dear Earthship Dweller,
I am a PhD student at the University of Adelaide, Australia, School of Architecture. I write to invite you to participate in the Earthship Occupants Questionnaire which investigates a wide range of issues relating to the Earthship and the Earthship lifestyle. In particular, the information collected will help in understanding the thermal comfort levels in Earthships, and how their off-grid systems perform in comparison to conventional utilities systems.
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.
Robyn is an artist documenting the collapse of America’s economy with a focus on those who are rebuilding life within it. I had only been in contact with Robyn through email when she pulled in to the driveway. She arrived in her pseudo housing/diesel jetta in which she has been not only traveling through the country in, but also using as her developing studio. She showed me a box full of portraits of people who have managed to surpass the decaying infrastructure with a grassroots spirit.