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Cash for Trash on National Geographic

In more ways than we know, our lives are built on trash. If you stacked up all the world’s old junkyard tires, they would reach to the moon and back. So what can we do with them all? How about building houses.

 Invented by architect Michael Reynolds of Taos, New Mexico, Earthships are custom-built, off-the-grid houses built from recycled materials, like recycled bottles (pictured), aluminum cans, used tires, pieces of cardboard – even old fridge doors. READ MORE »

Earthship-Festival in Köln Holweide

Who is Phil?

After graduating from Miami of Ohio University with a BED degree, Phil met up with Michael Reynolds high in the mountains above Taos and began a career that has lasted 23 years.

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Earthship Academy Photo Contest!

Photos today mean much more than a thousand words, especially when they capture moments that changed your life! If your experience at the Earthship Academy was one of those moments and you have taken some pictures that you are willing to share with us, please send them to lara@earthship.com and enter the best Photo contest! The winner will be granted a certificate for one night for 2 people at the Lemuria Earthship!!

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Thinking about your Independent Study?

With the field study coming up in Salida this summer, many of you have been asking about the next and final step to graduate from the Earthship Academy.

Are you looking for an Earthship Instructor to help point you in the right direction? I’m sure you remember Tom, don’t you? Well his email is tom@earthship.com and he is now officially the Independent Study advisor. You can email him about the subjects you have in mind for your final step! READ MORE »

Non-Profit Earthship Inspired build in Peru!

Almost every person who experiences the Earthship Academy comes with a dream and leaves with a plan!

Marion Jicoulat is one of them, she is a past Academy Student who came from France to learn about Earthships and incorporate the principles and systems in a wellness center in Peru. READ MORE »

Waybee Updates

This beautifully finished global model Earthship called Waybee had its first tire pounded by the Earthship Academy students in March of 2014.

Five Academy sessions were dedicated to finish this building. The students built it themselves with the help of our talented crew. From door to doorknob, they worked at least 5 days a week for four weeks in full dedication to bring it to life.

One of the most amazing aspects of this field is seeing the skeleton of your work turn into a home that takes care of the people who will be occupying it. READ MORE »

Field Studies: Salida, Colorado-Updated

Earthship Elevation

This picture is an elevation of the building taking place in Salida, Colorado.

It is a customized global model Earthship split into two levels. First one consists of 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a large garage and hallway in between. As for the second level, it consists of a kitchen, a great room, a master bedroom and a large patio. READ MORE »

Stagecoach Organic Farmer Making Progress on Earthship Project

In an update to a story we first brought you back in November 2012, Dirt Merchant Farms, which sells organic foods like fresh farm eggs, meats and vegetables in Stagecoach, has continued to build what are known as “Earthships” on their property.

An earthship is a self-sustaining building made out of recyclable materials, like tires and glass bottles.
He says they’re more durable than traditional homes made out of wood.
“Most stick-based buildings take a lot of time to build,” Alexander said. “They take a lot of money to buy. They’re around $200,000 for your mortgage nowadays, depending on what type of building you want, and you end up taking most of your time fixing the building as it’s going. Whereas, my earthship, as I build it, it’s created with mostly concrete, plaster, metal and things like that.”
On Sunday, I got to take a tour of the different earthships he’s building. Since first talking to him last November, he’s been working on two storage buildings, a greenhouse and a shelter for his pigs.
“Different farms are coming out that are using the different earthship technologies to help keep the temperature for our buildings, and help keep our greenhouses warm,” Alexander said. “Whereas, we don’t have to use fossil fuels, or woods or coals.”
One of the techniques he’s using to control the temperature inside an earthship used as a storage space is building dirt mounds around the structure.
“It’s packed around all sides, except for the south-facing side with dirt,” he said. “So, you use the earth berm to keep the building cool and warm, depending on what you want and what season.”
One of the storage spaces is set to be completed in the next several weeks.
Alexander says his neighbors have responded well to the construction of these earthships. Some, like the Litsingers, have also stepped in and helped.
“He won’t need anything to back up heat or cool,” said Marcia Litsinger. “It’s going to be perfect. Even his own water system will basically be within the earthship. I love it.”
“When he finishes it, it’s going to be great for him, for the environment, and for Lyon County, so that we can show that we are more progressive than we have been in the past,” said Steve Litsinger.
Alexander wants to show that anybody can make their home out of the recyclable materials, and help the environment in the future.
After receiving hundreds of tires from many northern Nevadans since November 2012, he says he now needs any used building materials like old doors, sheet metal and fencing. He also needs about 2,000 uncrushed cans.
If you’d like to help or have questions about his earthships, you can find Dirt Merchant Farms on Facebook. You can also e-mail them at spiritharmonyfarms@gmail.com or call them at (775) 450-8218.
Written by Adam Varahachaikol
from ktvn.com

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Earthships: Self Sufficient Homes in New Mexico

Andrew visits a community where recycled materials make a green home.

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Who is Phil?

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Earthship Academy Photo Contest!

Earthship Academy Photo Contest!

Photos today mean much more than a thousand words, especially when they capture moments that changed[read more]
Thinking about your Independent Study?

Thinking about your Independent Study?

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