A Visit to Blue Rock Station


In 1993, Jay and Annie Warmke founded Blue Rock Station, a 40-acre sustainability center and farm located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in southeastern Ohio near Philo and McConnelsville. The center features the first Earthship built east of the Mississippi River, and is a living laboratory to test and demonstrate sustainable living concepts and options. Straw bale buildings, a Tiny House (under construction), and the Earthship, along with a plastic bottle greenhouse and rammed- tire foundation barns make up some of the 15 buildings the Warmke’s have constructed over the past two decades.

During the warmer months the Warmke’s open up their farm to the public for an afternoon tour. The tour includes visiting the Earthship – a 2,200 sq. ft. home made of tires, cans, bottles, salvaged lumber, mud, sand, sweat and tears. Explore the vaulted Straw Bale “Chicken Chalet,” which houses chickens. It is built with a pounded tire foundation, straw bale walls, beer bottle front and back walls and a mud plaster finish. Check out the straw bale sleeping cabins (with living roofs), and see the various innovative water collection systems. There is also a tiny house, a rain garden, a solar array, and many more attractions. But mostly, just enjoy the tranquil peace and good-natured feel of Blue Rock Station! Can’t join a tour? Listen to Annie and Jay’s podcast “When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine” to learn about life in an Earthship plus more about sustainable living at Blue Rock Station.

REGISTER: http://www.bluerockstation.com
COST: $10 per person
INFO: http://www.bluerockstation.com or contact Annie at (740) 674-4300
LOCATION:Blue Rock Station, LLC, 1190 Virginia Ridge Road Philo, OH 43771

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