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

Upcoming Workshops & Tours

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If you're thinking about how you can live more simply OR maybe you already have a plan for making some major life changes, then one of these workshops is a MUST do to develop a strategy, take a break from the "real world," or just figure out what's next...

Nov 29th - Earthship and Sustainable Farm Tour (Please RSVP) - Final Tour of the Year

 

2015 Workshops & Tours

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Sneak peek at our upcoming 2015 schedule...

 

Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Workshops for 2015

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

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 beautiful setting - not in a classroom - to realize your goal.  We have quite a selection of courses set for 2015 - located across the state (and even one in Minnesota)!

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).

  • Jan 26th - 30th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - Newark, OH (at Central Ohio Technical College)
  • Feb 28th - March 1st - Solar Electric Certification Workshop (weekends edition) Part 1 (in Columbus)
  • March 7th - 8th - Solar Electric Certification Workshop (weekends edition) Part 2 (in Columbus)
  • March 14th - 15th - Solar Electric Certification Workshop (weekends edition) Part 3 (in Columbus)
  • April 13th - 17th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - at Blue Rock Station
  • May 11th - 15th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - in Cincinnati
  • June 15th - 19th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - in Columbus
  • July 13th - 17th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - Granite Falls, MN
  • Sept 21st - 25th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - at Blue Rock Station
  • Oct 12th - 16th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - in Columbus
  • Nov 16th - 20th - Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Certification Workshop - Newark, OH

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.

The course will consist of lectures (about 50%) as well as hands-on labs (also about 50%).  You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation.  During the course you will learn to size your system according to your electrical needs, select the type of system that works best for your situation, select all the components for your system, size the wiring and overcurrent protection, price the system, size and select the battery bank (if needed) - basically, when you leave you will be able to design from start to finish a residential solar PV system and install it as well.

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Exclusive Weekend Retreat Workshops at Blue Rock Station

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Blue Rock Station is offering a number of opportunities for you to join us for some fun and informative skill building weekend workshops.

Our Philosophy: Blue Rock Station is first and foremost a place of peace.  It is also our home.  And finally, it is a business.  When we outlined our business plan 10 years ago, we stated simply that the mission of Blue Rock Station is as follows:  "We will only do what we want to do - and have fun doing it."

Our vision was to create an interesting and unique learning environment focused on sustainable living practices.  Our classes have never been designed for the masses - only that tiny percentage of the population that thinks and explores new ideas.  In developing each workshop we ask only one question... Would we want to attend this class?

Small Groups: The second part of our mission mandates that we have fun.  Well, it's no fun trying to herd a large group of free thinkers along some predetermined pathway.  Besides, if there are too many folks here - we don't get a chance to know each of you the way we would like.  So we limit our class size.  The ideal size is 6 students per instructor.  We have been known to stretch that a bit - but we really do try to keep things small and engaging.

Total Immersion: As part of your weekend experience, your registration includes one night's stay in one of our small straw bale cabins.  You will get a chance to experience the quiet snugness of sleeping in a straw and earth plastered cabin, resting in the natural setting of the hills of Appalachia Ohio.  Blue Rock

Station is a 40-acre sustainability center located in rural southeastern Ohio.  We have several miles of footpaths that you can enjoy while here, as well as an operating homestead where you can watch the milk goats, chickens and llamas do whatever milk goats, chickens and llamas do (we may even get you to help out with chores).

We have a number of unique cabins, each one different and special in their own unique way.  They are available (first come first served, although some preference may be given to couples over single registrations) for reservation when you register for the class (we can discuss the pros and cons of each location).

Continental breakfast will be provided on both days.  Also, we will provide lunches as well.  Dinner will be on your own.

Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, let's get down to business.  The workshops for 2015 include:

  • April 25th-26th Earthship 101 Weekend Workshop (limit - 6 students)
  • June 20th - 21st - Skill Building Weekend (Earth Plastering) (limit - 6 students)
  • July 4th - 5th - Skill Building Weekend Retreat (limit - 6 students)
  • July 25th - 26th - Skill Building Weekend Retreat (limit - 6 students)
  • Aug 15th - 16th - Skill Building Weekend Retreat (limit - 6 students)
  • Oct 3rd-4th - Earthship 101 Weekend Workshop (limit - 6 students)

 

 

Register Online:

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   $195 (single - with a cabin of your own)
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$250 (two people - sharing a cabin)

No pets please (this is a working farm).  Also, please read the workshop rules and FAQ's for events at Blue Rock Station.