Daron Joffee of Farmer D Organics and Kurt Buxton of Valley Crest Design Group
The Chaya Adamah, Living Earth Sukkah is a living temporary sukkah structure that celebrates the Leichtag Foundation and Ecke Ranch’s vision for connecting community, tradition, innovation, sustainability, the arts, education and social outreach.
The gabion rock base reminds us of the solid ground that is the earth beneath our feet and reflects the Foundation’s connection to the Holy Land and it’s bold decision to set down roots on this incredible property.
The edible walls were grown on site by Go Green Agriculture and symbolize the vibrant living energy and agricultural legacy of the ranch. The eighteen channels that make up the edible walls of the sukkah symbolize life and the vibrant energy that is being cultivated on the property. The food growing on the walls will be donated to a local food bank as a reflection of the Foundation’s commitment to helping those in need.
The water circulation system provides some cooling effect for the structure and supports the living plants that make up the walls and symbolizes the innovative ideas that are being developed on the Ranch.
Designers and growers, Farmer D and Kurt Buxton will be providing visitors with free organic garden advice along with an art and planting activity to reinforce the Ranch’s goal of raising awareness and sharing knowledge with all who visit the property.
Decorating the sukkah reflects the Ranch’s goal of bringing together community around art while connecting us deeper to the earth, Jewish traditions and each other.
Students from the New School of Architecture and Design
Gwynn Beasley, Nour Kassam,Trang Nguyen,Thomas Quaas Jessica Vences
Under the advisement of Chuck Crawford
This design mixes both traditional and contemporary models, while embracing the school’s commitment to sustainability. The Sukkah is a celebration of the harvest, of the community and of life. We intend to capture this spirit using water, corn stalks and Senecio Rowleyanus. This last, the “String of Pearls,” a water succulent, will form a “water wall” while the corn stalks represent the temporary nature of life. Recycled wooden pallets form both the basic enclosure and the vessels to contain these principle elements. The pallets themselves have verses on one side, while paint and brushes will be available throughout the week for visitors to decorate the other side with religious verses.
Led by David Kramer of Oakhurst Builders and Pablo Collin of Austin Veum Robbins Partners
Light is the source of all life; the sun feeds all that lives on earth, and the Jewish people and their traditions have embraced such life. The Sukkah and the light therein symbolizes such longevity, with the souls that will inhabit the Sukkah, and its living matter or schach. Our Sukkah embraces the its inhabitants, and invites community within. The roof line especially is emblematic of the ebbs and flows of the Jewish people. But Light is also synonymous with consciousness. The endeavours of the project of which this Sukkah is a part, has embraced this awareness, and reaches to the community around. Come and gather in our Sukkah which invites such consciousness, both to the natural light of the sun, the evening light of the moon, and the future that we welcome, to the lights that will be found within.