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Consulting available for sustainable building, sustainable energy, project management or just finding your way to a sustainable life.

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Featured on MTV

Our earthship & green living center was featured on MTV (Teen Cribs program) in May 2010 - could Jerry Springer be in our future?.


Living Sustainably - Annie Warmke
This is "Living Sustainably - Annie Warmke - Mars 2014" by Université Savoie Mont Blanc on Vimeo, video of Annie speaking at University in France ...
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  • Products and Publications
    We also offer a wide variety of products and publications - from llama poo plant tea fertilizer, to straw bale needles (essential for constructing your own cottage in the woods) to a wide variety of publications (including electronic versions to save on shipping and the chopping down of trees).
  • Always Changing, 40-Acre Sustainability Center
    Located in the foothills of the Appalachians, 90 minutes from Columbus, OH.
  • The Gardens of Blue Rock Station - such as this Rain Garden
    The Gardens of Blue Rock Station - such as this Rain Garden
    What is life without gardens. We are constantly experimenting with different forms and plantings. Each season is an new experience.
  • Cool Stuff made from Trash - like this Rocket Stove
    We are constantly experimenting with reusing materials, building items such as this rocket stove made with reclaimed bricks, mud and parts of an old barn.
  • Internship Opportunities
    Join us for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months - learning, working and laughing.
  • Visit Ohio's First Earthship
    Construction began in 1996 on our 2,200 sq ft home made of tires, bottles, and assorted salvaged materials. Designed by famed architect Michael Reynolds, the Earthship at Blue Rock Station was the first built east of the Mississippi.
  • Cool Buildings
    Greenhouses made of plastic bottles, homes made of tires, barns made of straw bales and mud... solar showers, rocket stove, composting toilets, and more.
  • Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Training
    5-Day training program that prepares you to become an ETA certified PV installer.
  • Visit with the Critters of Blue Rock Station
    Blue Rock Station is a working farm, with dairy goats, llamas, free range chickens and the occasional pig or two.
  • School Field Trips
    School Field Trips
    From Kindergarten to Graduate School - projects and tours that will educate, inspire and delight.
  • Exclusive Weekend Sustainability Workshops
    Let your creativity loose and play in the mud. The oldest, and perhaps the most fun way to construct a home.

2018 Workshops & Tours

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Partial 2018 schedule...

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Tour Ohio's First Earthship

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Schedule a private tour, or join us at one of 9 open day tours in 2017.

Visit Blue Rock Station to get ideas on how to create a sustainable living way of life, or just to marvel at the various construction techniques.  Tour the 2,200 square foot house, currently under construction (always under construction... sigh!) that utilizes tires, cans, old barn wood, bottles and mud to form a home heated by the sun, earth and wood.

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  • Tour the Earthship - a 2,200 sq. ft. home made of tires, cans, bottles, salvaged lumber, mud, sand, sweat and tears.  Annie & Jay will explain the various construction techniques and how the building uses the earth and sun to provide a comfortable place to live.
  • Explore the vaulted Straw Bale “Chicken Chalet”.  This building houses our rare breed chickens (you may
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BRS Goat College

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The sun is out, the goats are sitting in the shade - and we're inviting you to join us to learn more about goat keeping.

Goat keeping is a growing trend in both urban and rural areas, and we're receiving a growing number of inquiries about how to take care of goats naturally.  Folks who want to become goat keepers seem to be at a loss as to where they can learn first hand the basics that will help them to gain confidence in maintaining the health of a goat, milking, trimming hooves and more.  And if they have an interest in naturally healthy goats where can they learn how to avoid some needlessly costly vet services?

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TIny House & Earthship Building

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Two Sustainable Construction Workshop Series for 2018

We are offering two sustainable construction workshops series in 2018.  The first is the return of our popular Earthships 101 course, where those who are interested in building an earthship can come to Blue Rock Station, spend the weekend in one of our straw bale cabins, and get an in-depth overview of what is involved in building one of these lovely homes.

Our second construction project is the $5,000 Tiny House project.  Our aim is to build a Tiny House.  However one of our concerns or disappointments with the whole tiny house movement is that they seem to have morphed into amazingly expensive little buildings.  So our goal is to build this house with as little money as possible - or our dumpster dive tiny house project, if you will.

(Cartoon by Kristin Noelle)

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5-Day Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshops

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Prepares Students to Sit for the ETA Level 1 PV Certification Exam

Overall Course Rating in 2016:

3.90 (out of 4.0)

Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in the solar field.  Now you can spend just five days of training (4 1/2 classroom instruction and 1/2 day taking the certification test) in a location near you - to realize your goal.  We have quite a selection of courses set for 2017 - located across the state (and even in Pennsylvania and Indiana).

A recent study shows that Solar jobs are growing at a rate 10 times the national average - and that PV installers average starting salaries are in the $20-24 per hour range (about $40,000 - $48,000 per year).  According to the 2017 US Energy and Employment Report, more people now work in the US solar industry than in oil, natural gas, and coal extraction - combined.

ETA Examination fees (normally $150) and course materials (installation toolkit and student workbook - also valued at around $150) are included as part of the course fee.

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Free School Workshops - 2018

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In 2017, Blue Rock Station launched our “Free School” program. Response has been so positive that we continue on boldly into the future.  The only cost is bringing a food dish of some sort for the group to share during class.


The goal of the free school is to offer two-three hours of instruction on the third Saturday of each month.  The classes will be taught by former interns and friends of Blue Rock Station. Topics will focus on everyday skills like wood working, bicycle repair, plumbing, sewing, natural health, first aid, self-care, using herbs, simple gardening techniques and spirituality.

During the warm months attendees can stay the night by camping. The evening will include a film and discussion or learning an art form (such as swing dance).

Attendance is by invitation (from us or another friend of BRS) or by getting in touch with Blue Rock Station by telephone (740-674-4300) to register. So if one of the following items is of interest to you – let us know and mark your calendar.

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  • December 15th - Celebrate Yule at Blue Rock Station