Food

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.

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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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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Earthship installs first Aquaponics system at HQ

aquaponics1Photo Credit: Dan Dynan

“My mission is to empower people to provide for themselves.” – James Fry

This past weekend, Earthship incorporated another permacultural practice into its headquarters’ education facility.  The Visitor Center serves to showcase the base fundamentals and principle concepts to the public on a daily basis.  There is information, books, an extensive greenhouse, videos, pictures and now, an aquaponics system.  From our summer academy session, James Fry took the initiative to share his knowledge and experience building these systems and has given a 2-hour, hands-on class to two academy groups.  This time around, he decided to move forward and do an entire workshop building this system start-to-finish with 10 academy students and some staff to ensure that the system would be maintained properly.

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A New Age of Greenhouse Management

earthship greenhouse greywater planterThe onset of Earthship greenhouses and their necessity as a household utility.

contributed by
Jeane Nardone, Michelle Locher & Dan Dynan
photo: Dan Dynan

Earthship structures and the developmental creation of these buildings transcend the typical practice of greenhouse management. These greenhouses fill the gap between greenhouses as a hobby and commercial greenhouses. The onset of Earthship structure transforms greenhouse management from a hobby to practicality. They have advanced themselves into a necessity in these households in order to maintain utilities. This will require a new kind of participation to keep grey water clean, the septic system healthy, to maximize your water usage and for food production. In the Greater World Community, we are constantly trying to create a better, more passive toolbox for what is needed to keep greenhouses healthy – to keep us healthy.

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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern comes to New Mexico where the frontier spirit can still be found, even when it comes to the food!

Earthships on Bizarre FoodsAndrew goes out hunting buffalo on horseback and learns to roast prairie dogs with members of a Pueblo tribe, but he also meets modern day pioneers living inside futuristic homes that produce fresh ingredients for every meal.

From fresh buffalo sliced buffalo heart, to menudo made the old fashioned way, to a matanza celebration featuring blood pudding and fried pig skin, Andrew explores the many layers of flavors from the past and present that can be found in this southwestern state!

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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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