This cucumber plant is growing in a suspended growing bucket near the west side door in our Earthship Visitors Center greenhouse. The plant is three to four months old and has yielded 23 large cucumbers to date, and is still going strong!
Three large eight inch cucumbers were picked about 10 days ago. Today, 11/26/12, I picked 13 eight inch cucumbers, which are on display at our Earthship Visitors Center for the day. All the employees here today, will be able to take a cucumber home for dinner.
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Hey people just want to let you know that the next workshop (lJan 26, 2013) will need to more of a look-and-talk-shop as council have been out to have a look at the wall and politely suggested that I stop all construction work until I have Development Approval. The good news is that I recently received Planning Approval from council and am progressing well with the Building Approval.
Other news is;
– the local health authority (SA Health) are not keen on the Earthship greywater system (or toilet flushing with greywater, or growing food in greywater). Hmmmm….. could be a serious bummer. Might have to use fresh rainwater instead
– EPA are supportive of me using car tyres but if using more than 500 tyres per year I need to pay approx $750 in fees for a license to do so. On the up side this entitles me to collect a fee from tyre retailers for taking their old tyres. I’ve spoken to a few and they were all happy with paying me $1 per tyre. So at least this covers the cost of the EPA’s application fee. If you use less than 500 per year you don’t have to pay the application fee to the EPA but you need to let council know and you must have Development approval.
Will keep you posted.
Earthship Biotecture is looking for volunteers to join a small Earthship Crew to help with building evolutions on a 2 bedroom, 1 bath Earthship in East Texas November through December.
Work with veteran Earthship Builders learning the basic concepts of Earthships as well as advanced finish techniques.
Volunteers work on an unpaid basis and are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Camping will be available on site.
We will accept 5 volunteers on a first come, first served basis.
The minimum time commitment is one week. There is no sign up fee required for this project.
How to sign up: All positions have been filled. This event is full. Go to http://earthship.com/Learn-More/current-projects-events.html for all the latest info on current events and projects.
building with natural and recycled materials • solar and wind electricity • thermal/solar heating and cooling• water harvesting • contained sewage treatment • food production • communities • international projects
La traducción al español del ejemplar “La Navetierra, como construir la suya” ya está disponible en formato de libro electrónico a través de nuestro sitio web www.earthship.com.
Este libro ofrece a los lectores la filosofía básica detrás del diseño de los earthships, y cómo estos edificios interactúan con la tierra para crear los sistemas que la caracterizan. Por otra parte “Earthship Volumen Uno” ofrece a los lectores instrucciones sobre cómo elegir el emplazamiento de su futura Earthship y también la forma de reproducir muchos de los métodos de construcción básicos que se utilizan para construir uno de estos edificios.
Este libro es un punto de inicio si usted está interesado en la construcción de su propio earthship, o si simplemente quiere aprender más acerca de esta innovadora forma de vivir.
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Hi my name is (removed for privacy). I stumbled upon a few videos of your earth ships & could not believe there are still people like you on this god forsaken planet. I don’t want to sound or be foolish but i would love to join your team. In fact i would devote my life to help you further your work or even to just learn from your brilliance so that i may pass it down to my children. I know you probably get this everyday & cant recruit everyone under the Sun but i would gladly give up my job & this dead end society to explore alternatives ways of living. Its all to obvious the American culture is self imploding & is going no where fast. I am studying how to build an earthship with a dream to actually build one myself. I thank you for your work. you have saved so many lives with this work of yours. your are my hero & i have never said that about anyone ever in my life. thank you so very much for your contribution to humanity.
Contributed to by Daniel Dynan
As discussed in our last greenhouse management article (A New Age of Greenhouse Management: The onset of Earthship greenhouses and their necessity as a household utility), it was explained that the greenhouses in Earthships require a different level of participation than that of traditional greenhouse management. The planters function to provide the Earthship’s inhabitants with food but also cleans the water that cycles through. The planters serve as the household’s utilities. While there is a heightened level of involvement within the greenhouse, there are still challenges. Host insects are an obstacle that we have experienced in our Earthship’s greenhouses. The plants in the greenhouse are subject to various different host insects that can cause damage or kill plants if the state is serious enough.
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With the reelection of Barack Obama, Canadians won’t have to fend off an invasion of disgruntled American liberals any time soon. But the Earthship invasion of our neighbor to the north, it seems, is already in full swing.
This deep-green, low-tech brand of building — which originated in UFO-prone New Mexico — makes extensive use of earth-packed tires as building blocks, along with various other forms of refuse and natural materials. It is the brainchild of architect Michael Reynolds, who characterizes it as a “radically sustainable” method of home building. The Earthship method incorporates about 45 percent recycled materials, and relies largely on the sun for heat.
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Congratulations on the recent construction of your Earthship in Huntington, Vermont.
In light of growing threats posed by man-made climate change, your decision to create a home that is nearly one hundred percent sustainable is truly admirable. By using natural, everyday materials you are creating a habitat that works in unison with the environment, rather than against it. Instead of leaving old tires, bottles and cans to lie in waste, your home puts them to valuable use. The nation is in serious need of more forward0thinking individuals such as you.
Again, congratulations on your Earthship. I hope you enjoy living in your new home and continue to be a shining example of how people can live more sustainably.
Sincerely, Bernard (Bernie) Sanders, United States Senator
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Time lapse imagery by Kurt Schmidt. Earthships are Radically Sustainable Buildings.Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling. Solar & Wind Electricity. Contained Sewage Treatment. Building with Natural & Recycled Materials. Water Harvesting. Food Production.