Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Roof Beams Installed on the Earthship! Questions and comments answered.

Well it's coming along. The Earthship has a roof.....almost! The two smaller rooms have beams installed now ready for the 1" deck boards. I have found it is a bit harder to work with ruff cut lumber rather than traditional pine. Heavier, crooked, twisted and heavy as you can imagine. I'm thankful for good friends helping bring this to reality. Another chapter of my life fulfilling at the blink of an eye. I think somehow I need to dedicate this building to these friends that helped with trash to construction. Keep your heads right because it's not over yet. We still need everyone's help.


Will you see my beer cans I bring over inside the Earthship?
No! All cans, bottles and tires will be sealed from outside to inside. No Recycled trash will seen except the creative art light designs in the walls. Visit http://www.earthship.net here you will see how beautiful these Earthships really are.

I think their just glad you're not living in it!
A comment from a friend that must have been discussed some where around town. I know it meant no harm but the thought of citizens in the community worried about what doesn't have anything to do with them is oblivious! This structure is more reliable, stronger, sound, self sustainable than any conventional home built today.

My Comments: WELL, this Earthship project is aimed for storing our lavender products with out wasting materials for such a place. This is the original idea bringing people to our farm for agricultural/recreational use and still our plans for the future. But considering our economy and the down ward spiral we are still in, if some how, some time bad comes of it all then Yes we will have to move into the Earthship. Rules would be followed and I'm sure inspection of some kind would be needed. Seriously come on, no utility bills, no heating necessary. A place to live on our land with no house payment. Who wouldn't want to live in something they built that's a self efficient, self sustainable dream? It would look the same weather we lived in it our not. The only difference is our Earthship will be here for many of my family generations!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Time is here!! We need as much garbage as possible for the earthship. Wine bottles, beer bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bottles all needed to continue our farm projects. I have a new route in future goals. ALL, repeat ALL future buildings, benches, raised beds and just about anything we can build will utilize recyclables to achieve these goals. We have a pretty good clean organizing system here so just drop off your trash or feel free to call for pick up once you have a can or bag full. Try to take recycling seriously I need everyones help. With out recyclers we just have more garbage that I could be using that I NEED. Even if you do recycle locally it doesn't help as much anymore because most recycling centers are full to capacity.

I'm organizing a campaign for locals to be able to drop off close to their home location. Future possibilites for drop off are Dayton, Wilmington, Reading, Yellow Springs and Martinsville, Ohio here on the farm. Please spread the word and get this blog rolling with responses and interest!

Another trash warrior raising the cause so come all!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A new beginning for our future and the future of Clinton County!

Today I had the opportunity to meet the organizers of Energize Clinton County ECC. A cause dedicated to the future of our economy as well as the environment here in this beautiful county. Matt Rembert and Taylor Stuckert visited the farm interested in the Earthship Biotecture Project and our goal of creating a sustainable community utilizing the tons of recyclable materials. The added knowledge and resources these two have combined with the task at hand for me will help everything fall into place. It's a beginning that will only go forward from the generation of change with views of preservation.

Everyone's invited to visit ECC Head quarters open house on Jan. 8 @ 5pm. Also on Jan. 14 @ 6:30pm - ECC Greening Our Community Discussion Series - “Energy Efficient Solutions for Our Homes and Businesses” - Wilmington Municipal Building Community Room. Please attend or check this blog for the break down of the discussion.

Back to the Earthship Biotecture project here on our farm Jason has completed filling tire voids with one full U room done. Our tarps covering the U under construction has worn away due to the winds so we have to install the roofing, ground frozen or not. Frozen ground is dry ground so lets count on a cold spell.

I'm adding to my blogs questions I receive through out our projects. So here goes.

How much did it cost for completing the foundation up until today?
~As of now we have just around $800 in materials with a completed foundation of 700 tires including top plates installed ready to roof. It has taken one tire packer 6 months working part time to complete this task.

When do you expect to be finished with the Earthship?
~The original completion date is planned for summer of 2009. If weather permits progress will be on time.

Where do you get all the tires from?
~As a tire user I am happy to have such a great deal of waste at my finger tips. You ever pay for tire disposal? Well our local Tire Discounters has been very kind in supplying what ever tires we need. Most tires come out of Wilmington, but Hillsboro location has supplied at least 200 tires. Not only did it save money for tires and hauling but Tire Discounters saved a bunch of money on disposal cost themselves.

Hope this may help many find the way to a sustainable future!