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The Eco Village in Berea

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Yesterday, I was taking care of some business in Berea, KY. The town is centered around a progressive college where students receive a free education in exchange for making and selling crafts like pottery, woodwork, weaving and jewelry. Many graduates stay in Berea, and open shops, creating a vibrant community of artisans.

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The college created a small community called the eco village. It is a series of buildings where students develop environmental and self sustaining techniques for living.

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They have a system called aquaponics, where plants are grown in water with fish. The plants and fish give nutrients to each other, and produce good food to eat!

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One building in the village is completely self sustaining. It produces it’s own energy, food, and water.

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Another building is made from mud, straw and recycled materials. As an artist, I was inspired by the straw house. The building materials remind me of a clay sculpture.

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Wouldn’t it be fun to sculpt your own house?

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This is a window where you can see the interior of the wall…yes, it’s STRAW!!

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Here is an interesting take on a log structure.

Every time I visit Berea, I leave inspired. The Eco village makes me want to try and bump my garden up a notch, maybe I will try and do something innovative with my spring peas.