for Global Mobile Earthships
for Global Mobile Earthships
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
“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!”
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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
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.
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
February 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.
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.
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.
“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.
The onset of Earthship greenhouses and their necessity as a household utility.
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.