Food

Earthship Aquaponic Prototype

Four months after filling the pond with water, we have a thriving vegetable and soon, fish producing Aquaponic System in the Towers Earthship at Eathship Biotecture, Taos, NM. For those of you who initially thought that the pond looked like a “kiddy pool” and not really well integrated, take another look. It is beautiful, peaceful and serene, and producing food.

It is a joy to be working with this Aquaponic Prototype every day, as it not only is producing food, but is also aesthetically very pleasing, creating a beautiful serene atmosphere in the Towers greenhouse, making my work there a meditative experience every morning. I feel very blessed and wish I could spend all day there!

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Salad from the Earthship Towers

Earthship SaladFrom the Earthship Towers

Bring something for lunch to accompany this delicious fresher than fresh aquaponic salad, we will be making for everyone at the office tomorrow. Read More

Aquaponics Prototype

for Global Mobile Earthships

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EB Academy Works on Local Humanitarian Effort

   

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IMG_5347    Academy 2014 – Session 2

There have been several hits on a Global Model Earthship being built for a Taos family who was displaced after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Last year, we had 35 students and several crew members begin the tire pounding and within a week’s time were able to complete the 9 courses of the main structural tire wall. The Bilal family has been in Taos since that time and have been the focus of our local humanitarian effort.

Since last spring, Earthship Biotecture has donated time and labor working with our interns, Academy students and various high school groups towards enclosing and eventually finishing the Bilal family’s Earthship. Several groups have worked with us over the year to pack out the back tire wall creating more support and preparing for the roof to go on. Read More

Organic Food Harvest in Earthship Visitor Center

“There is an ample amount of food being produced in the Earthship Visitors Center, at Earthship HQ, near Taos, New Mexico, during December. Healthy organic salads are being enjoyed every week by the employees of the Visitors Center, the Earthship Academy Office and the Earthship Biotecture Main Office.
These are the ingredients we used in the salad we made today. It was so incredible, so full of life force! Thank you for Earthships!”

Michelle Locher, Earthship Food Specialist, Earthship Academy Instructor12:18:13 Harvest 4

Today we have a ripe pineapple at the Earthship Visitor Center

See how amazing Earthships are….

The temperature out here on the Greater World Community mesa, went to 12 degrees BELOW last night (12/9/13,) and the high today is 26 degrees, with snow drifts all over the place outside. Read More

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.

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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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A New Age of Greenhouse Management Predatorial Insects within the Greenhouse

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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