Permaculture Design Course with Wayne Weiseman and The Mason Sustainability Institute The Green Studio was one of several sites on the Mason campus which served as work and design sites for The Mason Sustainability Institute‘s annual Permaculture Design Certification course taught by Wayne Weiseman of The Permaculture Project.
“In the fall of 2009, the School of Art was given a new building on the Fairfax campus. During the first semester, the grounds of the building were completely void of vegetation and much of the building felt very industrial. To counteract the concrete and glass, Vina Sananikone and Justin
Ground Up: organic fair trade coffee Students from the School of Art agri-Arts course conduct a semester-long experiment in local gift economy, honor system ethics, and general caffeine tolerance levels in the School of Art student population by managing an organic fair trade coffee stand located two floors up from
An empathy machine for humans and soil microbes. A healthy compost pile, just like a healthy body, must be well aerated. Built from surplussed university property by the 2010 AgriArts course for the SoA Green Studio. The Team: Judy Almond, Andrew Kennedy, Tito Araujo, Brian Dang, Erika Santoyo, Valdy Sica, Shanna Carvell, Carrie Idol-Richards. With much help from
Mark Cooley’s Agri-Art course attends the first annual field trip to the world famous Polyface Farm located in the Shenandoah valley, VA, and featured in many films, and bestselling books as a model for ecological, sustainable, and humane meat farming. This tour was led by Matt Rales of Grassential Farm and alum of
A table top garden located on the Art and Design Building lounge deck serves the faculty and staff by providing a space to grow salad greens and herbs. Makers: Tom Ashcraft, Mark Cooley, Peter Winant Growers: Susie Mueller, Mark Cooley