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First Earthship grown Papayas harvested on this snowy Fall day of October 16 th 2013.

Today is a another good day in the realm of Earthship Food Production.

We woke up to 2 inches of snow today, with outside temperatures around 35 degrees F, this morning.

winter papayas

I picked the first Earthship grown Papaya, looking out the front face of our office, at the earth berms of the Survival Pods in front of us, covered in a light dusting of snow. In my hand I held the first succulent, sweet smelling papaya, that I had grown from seed in our office at Earthship Headquarters, on the Greater World Community, Taos, New Mexico. READ MORE »

First Aquaponics Salad from Earthship Biotecture Visitor Center

aquaponic sytemFebruary 20. 2013, I made our first AQUAPONIC salad from lettuce, tomatoes and herbs, growing in our Aquaponic system.

This Aquapocic System was built on 9 and 10 October 2012, by James Fry, an Earthship Academy student from 2012, as his independent field study.

Follow him on GrowEverywhere.com/aquaponics, and also see our article Earthship Installs First Aquaponics System at HQ

 

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Amazing cucumber plant in a suspended growing bucket in our Earthship Visitors Center

cucumber plantThis 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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Growing food in black water planters for the Earthship homeowner

Spring 2011 I had sown too many seeds to plant in the indoor grey water planters and the suspended food growing buckets. Being a plant lover I could not let the extra starts die, so I planted them in the only other place they would be able to grow out here on the High Desert Mesa, the Visitors Center black water planter. The black water planter is a contained out door botanical cell located between the septic tank and the leach field. Here, black water planters usually have cold hardy ornamentals such as red willows, cold hardy fruit trees such as winter pear and apple, and wild flowers growing, providing a habitat and food source for wild birds and small animals out here on the Mesa.

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Synopsis of Food Production in New Education Facility

Even though the new Education Facility is still under construction, the indoor planters are well under way and producing food.

Heather got the planters started in early September with the plants that are crucial for operation of the gray water system. I planted seeds in starter trays in the last days of September, which felt odd but exciting, as this normally happens in early Spring when starting to prepare for the Summer outdoor garden. All the seeds germinated in their starter trays in the front face. However, only the seeds and starts that grew and are now producing, are chard, lettuce and tomatoes. The other starts needed more daylight hours to grow. What we are doing here is planting a variety of seeds at different times of the year and then compiling a report of what grows best at what time of the year in the indoor and outdoor planters.

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Growing food in black water planters for the Earthship homeowner

Growing food in Green Buildings

Spring 2011 I had sown too many seeds to plant in the indoor grey water planters and the suspended food growing buckets. Being a plant lover I could not let the extra starts die, so I planted them in the only other place they would be able to grow out here on the High Desert Mesa, the Visitors Center black water planter. The black water planter is a contained out door botanical cell located between the septic tank and the leach field. Here, black water planters usually have cold hardy ornamentals such as red willows, cold hardy fruit trees such as winter pear and apple, and wild flowers growing, providing a habitat and food source for wild birds and small animals out here on the Mesa.

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Growing Food in Suspended Growing Buckets

Organic Food in Earthships

The growing capacity of an Earthship can be increased by growing food in buckets suspended in the front face, receiving the maximum amount of light most vegetables need to grow. These contained buckets operate similarly to a very basic hydroponic system.

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