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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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  • Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Training
    5-Day training program that prepares you to become an ETA certified PV installer.
  • School Field Trips
    School Field Trips
    From Kindergarten to Graduate School - projects and tours that will educate, inspire and delight.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Internship Opportunities
    Join us for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months - learning, working and laughing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Always Changing, 40-Acre Sustainability Center
    Located in the foothills of the Appalachians, 90 minutes from Columbus, OH.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2016 Workshops & Tours

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Tour Ohio's First Earthship

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Schedule a private tour, or join us at one of 10 open day tours in 2016.

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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Attend 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 goat keeping.  Folks who want to become goat keepers seem to be at a loss as to where they can learn 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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Assembling a Solar Generator Workshops

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It is a hot summer afternoon (or worse yet, a brutally cold winter's morning).  The power goes out.  It may be only for an hour.  It may be down for days.  What are your options?

Overall Course Rating in 2016:

3.88 (out of 4.0)


The electrical grid in our nation is in pretty rough shape.  Power outages are becoming more and more common. Each day (on average) 500,000 Americans loose electrical service for 2 hours.   As a result, many people are investing hundreds and even thousands of dollars in gasoline or diesel generators.  The power goes down - and the neighborhood suddenly sounds like a lawnmower.  Loud and smelly generators come to life.  There is a better option, however.

Join us for an afternoon and learn how you can build your own solar generator.  Harness the clean energy of the sun and power your critical loads in quiet comfort.  Here is how it works...

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5-Day Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop

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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 2016 - located across the state (and even in Pennsylvania and Indiana).

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One-Day Introduction to Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Workshop

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A Basic but Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric (PV)

Overall Course Rating in 2016:

3.92 (out of 4.0)

You have heard about solar electricity.  Perhaps you have even explored putting solar panels on yourhome.  Or your boss wants to know if solar power will work for your company.  Or you are an architect or engineer and your clients are beginning to ask questions that you don't have the answers for (and also you need continuing education hours to renew your license).  Or perhaps you are thinking of taking the 5-day certification course but are not quite sure you want to commit the time and money to make that happen.  Then this one-day introduction to solar electricity may be just the course you are looking for.

This workshop is a slimmed down version of our complete 5-day course that leads to ETA certification in PV.  As such, if you take this course and then later decide to pursue the full certification course, we will apply the registration fee of this

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TIny House & Earthship Building

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Two Sustainable Construction Workshop Series for 2016

We are offering two sustainable construction workshops in 2016.  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 new this year.  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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