Here at Stone Soup Gardens, we do our best to continue to nurture our brains, as often as we cultivate and tend to the plants and gardens in our care. Every month Stone Soupers pick an awesome organization or project in which to learn more about. Previous classes have included building mushroom beds, trimming fruit trees with Wallrath Fruit and Forest, and learning more about plant selection and uses.
At the end of January, we decided to check out an Earthship project that is happening right here in our own Columbia City neighborhood! The Seattle Trash Art Studio is in the process of being built. It all started at a meetup of Earthship enthusiasts in July of 2014. It was suggested that in order to be more than just a meetup group, the Earthship community needed to build a proof of concept project in the city. Roxanne, owner of the land and our tour guide extraordinaire said, "I have a house in the city! Let's do it." And so it began...
Through a fantastic community response of givers of random necessary materials, dirt moving volunteers, and time, the Seattle Trash Art Studio is becoming a reality. We were able to tour the structure, and learn more about the process from Florian, the designer who is helping to orchestrate this awesome trash production. Are you interested in learning more? Perhaps you'd like to volunteer at a work party and be a part of the fun? Find out more on the Seattle Trash Art Studio Facebook Page. The next work party is 'Dirt Dancing' on February 21st. Come and lend a hand!
If you'd like to know more about the Earthship movement - Check out this video:
Happy SUMMER from Stone Soup Gardens!
The Fremont Solstice Parade was a huge hit and Stone Soup Gardens in partnership with Zero Waste Seattle had a blast! Our group’s title was Under the Sea Trash Jubilee and our focus this year was collective waste found in the pacific gyre. Our waste-themed entourage danced and growled our way through the crowds with J.B. leading the plastic bottle moray eel, Ben carrying the head of our cardboard walrus, Brian bouncing around in our plastic bottle puffer fish, and Dusty and Jake working up a sweat as Bag Monsters! Check out pictures below! (not pictured, our flying manta ray complete with flapping wings!)
We were also joined by students from the week long Om Culture Solstice Parade Art for Social Change summer camp led by Jake. Camp was a ton of fun! Kiddos studied the effects of waste on our oceans and developed costumes made entirely out of trash including several mermaids, a clam, some umbrella jellyfish, and a mini bag monster!
Our under-the-Sea Trash Jubilee also featured a life size, 32 foot grey whale made from plastic bags and bottles! This whale, funded by Thurston County Waste Management was designed by Carrie Ziegler with the help of 900 volunteers and swam all the way from Olympia to march with us!
We hope you can join us next year!
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