Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. – Albert Einstein –
What caused two city kids from the east coast to want to pursue a path toward agriculture and self-sustainability? After all, we weren’t born into it, and it is not a path that is promoted, modeled or even truly accepted as a viable career option in our traditional urban educational experience. In reality, neither of us had a dream career in mind at all, but we were pretty certain that the worker bee corporate world held no value besides the consistent paycheck. The truth is that we stumbled upon our inspiration and it began to take on a life and direction of its own.
While browsing Reddit one random day in the spring of 2012 we scrolled past an intriguing documentary that described this guy in New Mexico who was radically changing the face of home architecture. Garbage Warrior (2007) is the story of a new type of home built around six core concepts: onsite electricity production, passive heating and cooling, rain water harvesting, food production and the use of readily available building materials. The Earthship is a feat of engineering which allows dwellers to be completely self-sustainable and part of a closed-loop system that operates in harmony with nature to thrive. The Earthship is made of recycled cans and bottles and old tires packed with earth to provide thermal insulation to the building. The thermal heat combined with solar energy results in no utility bills for the dweller as well as no impact on the earth. You do not sacrifice any of the necessities or luxuries of modern comfortable life and in fact you gain so much more by living in this type of home: freedom.
Earthships immediately spoke to us. We felt in the deepest part of our being that this was how we wanted to live and bring up our future kin. We wanted the freedom to break out of the meaningless workaday life that lay before us. It is funny that something as seemingly innocuous as a documentary can have such a profound effect on the direction of one’s life – but that is exactly what happened. After learning about Earthships we looked at our lives, and our society, and deeply analyzed what made sense and the so much that didn’t make sense. We decided that we wanted to have more control over the way we lived our lives and the foods we ate to fuel it. This snowballed into the realization that we wanted to pursue not only agriculture, but a whole life of sustainability. We want to work a meaningfully life and make our way to our dreamed Earthship homestead where we can have the freedom and independence to live a life that is more in harmony with nature. With that end goal in mind, we enter the upcoming season with excitement and hope as we continue our urban farm adventure.
I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. – Albert Einstein –
1. Garbage Warrior. Dir. Oliver Hodge. 2007. Film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnkv_qj1xUc
2. A Brief History of Earthships. Earthship Biotecture. http://earthship.com/a-brief-history-of-earthships
3. Learn More. Earthship Biotecture. http://earthship.com/Learn-More/
1. Albert Einstein. Out of My Later Years (1950).
2. Albert Einstein; Cosmic Religion : With Other Opinions and Aphorisms (1931) by Albert Einstein, p. 97; also in Transformation : Arts, Communication, Environment (1950) by Harry Holtzman, p. 138.