Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Basically, Mary, who I'm visiting, and I showed up there and they gave us a tour of the whole house. I don't want to overload you guys with too much information, so I'll try to just cover the most exciting stuff.
Hightlights of the house:
- 28 solar panels (you can see them on the roof from this picture)
- tankless water heater: heats water as it is needed that way you don't run out of hot water AND it uses less electricity
- dual flush toilet: has two buttons on it so that one button uses more water to flush than the other. if you only ever push the button that uses less water then you are saving 40% of the water you usually waste! crazy!?
- non-toxic paint: this is something we can try to get used on the armentrout house unless it has already been repainted... this paint has less pollution causing chemicals in it so it helps imrpove the indoor air quality.
- a lot of furniture and rugs made out of bamboo and banana leaf fibers
Also, everyone had to take their shoes off when they entered the house because it helped with the air quality... doesn't bring all the dust particles and pollution that shoes have on them, so that's something we could do, if you guys are interested..
There's a heck of a lot more information where this small portion came from. Go to www.globalgreen.org if you want to see more about this house and the other houses they are going to build in the 9th ward of New Orleans. I think this information will be really helpful for the GreenHouse design committee : ) Maybe we could implement some of these techniques and ideas to the future farmhouse!?
I'd like to put together a list of things that we would like to do in the house and surrounding yard, so that we have something to go on when we start meeting with faculty and staff about planning the house. This whole year will be the beginning of the house and so we probably won't have everything from the very beginning but we can begin to plan for things. Please send me an e-mail or post a comment with a note about what you want to see or make at the house. These can be immediate changes (clothesline) or goals for the next couple years (rain water collection) and they can range from big things (like building a mud or brick oven) or small things (some particular thing you want in the kitchen).
Next, I'd like to prepare a rough schedule of things to host in the first two months of school. We won't put together a specific schedule of events till we're all on campus; this is just a list of what we'll host. If we have a list prepared, we can go to Dean Hartman, the Activities Office, or other clubs and ask if they'd like to cosponsor the event or help us out. Can you also send or post your thoughts on activities and events you want to host this fall?
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
look at this cute bird - and also ducks could also be a possibility-
Sunday, July 13, 2008
What do you think?
In any case, I think this calls for help from the ERs, to collect glass from all or some of the dorms (maybe start with one or two), and definately if we start collecting now from our homes and those living at Sewanee this summer, we could see how it works. So start saving!
P.S. when do find out who is our new ER leader person (aka new Lynn)?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Yea, Sewanee's Green
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Anyway, this farm has about 150 customers including lots of shops and restaurants, has a farmer's markets in Edinburgh, and is absolutely beautiful! It is an old farm with lots of stone walls, polytunnels, hidden gardens, and a huge field with endless rows of weeds and some veggies. They grow just about everything, and I mean everything. The box scheme also includes organic food they buy in large quantities because the local stores don't always have organic. There are a couple other WWOOFers here, about 6 or 8 full-time workers, two full time WWOOFers, two families, relatives, and basic mayhem of other volunteers coming in and out all the time. I love it. There are also about 500 chickens, maybe more, a huge glasshouse across town that they rent, and a band room that they rent out to all the local high school bands to practice- so I can rock out to bad renditions of various rock bands while I weed in this super traditional British garden.
I will hopefully put up pictures soon, but computer time is scarce.
I head off to Prague to work on a farm there in a few weeks and then back home. To all those in Sewanee right now- can you please start collecting bottles (especially glass), cans, and tires? We will be using them in various building projects and will need a lot!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I'm sending you all some of my favorite Eugene pictures. So far things here have been going pretty well. I do chemistry from 9-5 (I'm looking at procedures for removing sulfur from diesel fuel), and I try to explore the city when I'm free. I'm still trying to figure out where everything is and when it's open (summer time hours are weird everywhere). I did get to ride in the bike powered tent at the trials. I've also biked past a bunch of community gardens and a compost education center (which I plan to explore more soon). One picture below shows a river near campus-- notice the shopping cart in the middle :-)
Friday, July 4, 2008
Also exciting--I just began reading Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsglover, in which she writes about her family's year-long attempt to grow all of their own food or buy it from people they know locally. So far, it's excellent--insightful, informative, and entertaining, as well. I warmly recommend it if you've any interest in growing vegetables or want an entertaining account of the life of an interesting family in the Virginia mountains. The book includes occasional essays by Steven L. Hopp, her husband, who writes about the current state of U.S. food production and outlines some of our major agricultural problems. (I'll be bringing this book to Sewanee in the fall if you want to borrow it!)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Save Sewanee Chickens
Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors and Acquaintances,
I've had such overwhelming interest in my backyard chicken
controversy that it was recommended I create a blog. Please check it
out - if you aren't interested and/or don't want to read it - it
still has some pretty pictures of my yard!
Please share it with anyone who might be interested.
If you have the desire and ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE NEAR ME please
write a letter or email to the lease committee stating your feelings.
Letters from a diverse group of people might be helpful: people who
have rented or stayed at my house, faculty, staff, community members,
alumni, donors, regents, trustees, other places with similar
situations, all ages....
If you feel like sharing, I would love a copy. I welcome opposing
views. I am interested in working with the lease committee on
ordinances regarding sustainability in the future.
Barbara Schlichting, University Lease Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org
c/o Barbara Schlichting
735 University Ave
Sewanee, TN 37383
Thank you so much for your input, concern and devotion! It's such a
great example of why I love living here.