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Calling all Colorado residents! - Do you love the idea of sustainable living?
If you practice recycling, re-using, re-generating and reducing your impact on our planet have you considered building your own Earthship? Earthship Colorado is a group created to promote and educate people and families on sustainable new building concepts. Earthships, yurts, cob homes, strawbale and sandbag homes are all more Earth conscious forms of construction. Now more than ever is the time to spread a sustainable lifestyle like out of control wildfire. We'll host workshops, discuss permaculture, construction, canning, dehydrating, gardening, vermaculture, aquaponics, recipes and more while making the occasional visit to local Earthships. Help us expand the community and provide this valuable knowledge to others. We can use many techniques to relieve a little stress and pressure from our struggling consumerism society.

Defining "Earthship" - Off the grid, autonomous, passive solar buildings that utilize bio-mass and sometimes geothermal temperature regulation. Solar panels, wind generators and methane harvesting waste systems can be used to generate power. With rain water catchment systems and sewage circulation systems that feed greenhouse bio-cells, they become living, breathing self-sustaining structures. Constructed using dirt packed tires, aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, they're built from what may otherwise become garbage. Founding builders noticed they almost look like dirt "ships from outer space" and so the Earthship name was born.

Local Helpful Links
ABC Composting (http://abccomposting.com/) - Worms, Worm Bins, Worm Castings
The Gabriel Foundation (http://thegabrielfoundation.org/) - Aviary / Parrot Rehabilitation & Adoption Center
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (http://www.crmpi.org/CRMPI/Home.html) - Workshops & Courses
Colorado 14ers (http://www.14ers.com/) - Hiking Info
Colorado Cob (http://www.coloradocob.com/) - Ovens / Natural Construction / Consultation
Colorado Tank & Barrel (http://www.coloradotankandbarrel.com/) - IBC Totes & 55 Gallon Drums
Colorado Mountain Club (http://www.hikingdenver.net/schools/wildernesssurvivalschool) - Wilderness Survival School
CSA & Colorado Farm Shares (http://coloradocsas.info/) - Community Supported Agriculture
Denver Earthship (https://www.facebook.com/EarthshipDenver?ref=ts&fref=ts) - Facebook Page w/ Mike Wird & Regenerative Lifestyles
Denver Urban Homesteading (http://www.denverurbanhomesteading.com/) - Farmers Market & Homesteading Courses
Earthship Biotecture (http://www.earthship.com/) - Founders of the 1st Earthship / + Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/earthship)
Farmers Market Association (http://www.coloradofarmers.org/) - Find a Local Farmers Market
The GrowHaus (http://www.thegrowhaus.com/) - Colorado Hydrofarming and Aquaponics / Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/thegrowhaus?ref=ts&fref=ts)
Grow Everywhere (http://groweverywhere.com/) - Gardening & Sustainability w/ James Fry
Integrated Aquaponics (http://www.integratedaquaponics.net) - Fish Farming & Food Harvesting w/ Avery Ellis
L.R. Rice (http://www.riceshoney.com/) - Raw Unfiltered Honey from Greeley, CO
Nikeno's Second Chances (http://nscrescue.org/about-us/) - No Kill Shelter & Animal Adoptions
Road Kill Info (http://coloradosenate.org/home/inthenews/roadkill-it-s-what-s-for-dinner) - Harvesting
Rockler - Woodworking & Hardware

Other Important Links
Earth Domes (http://www.small-earth.com/) - (http://www.geofflawton.com) Super Adobe Earth Bag Buildings
Geoff Lawton - The King of Permaculture
Help Exchange - Volunteer & Live! / Shelter & Living for Work Exchanges
Lamp Tracker (http://www.wmlamptracker.com) - Recycle Batteries, Bulbs, Electronics, Aerosols & Printer Cartridges
Open Library (http://openlibrary.org/) - Excellent Online Book Resource
Permies (http://www.permies.com/) - Everything Permaculture Related
Valhala Movement (http://valhallamovement.com/mission/) - Cultural Change Resource

FAQ Links & Definitions
Off Gassing - Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outgassing) / Concerns & Info (http://earthship.com/offgassing)
Cadmium Toxicity in Tires - Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadmium) / Concerns & Info (http://5400squarefeet.blogspot.com/2009/02/tires-in-garden-cadmium-zinc-toxicity.html)

Government and Law Related Links
Colorado Revised Statutes - Colorado Constitution as Currently Amended
Parks & Wildlife - Including Hunting & Fishing Info
Water Rights Law (http://water.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/SWRights/Pages/default.aspx) - Understand the Colorado Water Law
Pockets of Freedom (http://earthship.com/pockets-of-freedom) - Earthship Friendly Areas
U.S. Constitution (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html) - Including Bill of Rights & Declaration of Independence

Online Order Supply Links
Bulk Foods (http://www.bulkfoods.com/) - Nuts, Beans, Grains, Fruits & Spices in Bulk
The Free Seed Exchange (http://www.heirloomseedswap.com/) - Heirloom Seed Swaps
Hemp Traders (http://www.hemptraders.com/) - Suppliers of Hemp Products
Mountain Rose Herbs - Natural Cosmetic Products in Bulk
New Directions Aromatics (http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/) - Natural Cosmetic Products in Bulk

Videos to Help You Learn & Get You Thinking!
Black Soldier Fly Bin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kjNvE5IOdw) - Larvae Production for Fish or Chicken Feed
Compost Tumbler (http://youtu.be/dTj-kdYrQxU) - Construction and Design
Guerrilla Gardening (http://youtu.be/-ygF1umS8vo) - Start Secret Gardens
Jar Sealer (http://youtu.be/Kn5TvvuuYCE) - Vacuum Sealing w/o Electricity
Jean Pain Method - The Power of Compost
Rain Barrel (http://youtu.be/fn_5HRgiftg) - Cheap Water Collection
Rocket Mass Heater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4NoC0U8geM) - Efficient Heating Systems
Solar Air Heater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awYy_LJufpo) - Cheap Heating Systems
Solar Dehydrator (http://youtu.be/LwsaeRs0Rm0) - Food Dehydration w/o Electricity
Vermicomposting (http://youtu.be/2QFCW2X9OZ8) - Using Red Wrigglers to Consume Food Scraps
Worm Tower (http://youtu.be/7iWeF63mA2Y) - Attracting Various Worms to a Garden
Zero Waste Family (http://youtu.be/ZQiqHgE0h3U) - Learn to Reduce Waste Accumulation

Podcasts
Homesteading & Permaculture (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/homesteading-permaculture/id426013000) w/ Paul Wheaton
The Survival Podcast w/ Jack Spirko
The Permaculture Podcast (http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com) w/ Scott Mann
Wild Ideas (http://podcast.wildernesscenter.org/) w/ The Wilderness Center

Upcoming events (2)

Earthship Inspired Home Build in Pueblo, Co

Pueblo County

A professional crew will be leading participants in this initial phase of this build, and will be very educational as well as active and fun! After over a year of preparing for this project, we are thrilled to announce that excavation has begun, materials are arriving, and the space is being prepped for the participant crew. The dates for this initial phase of the build are August 10rd thru September 4th. (Meetup has a 2 week limit so I created 2 events.) Four weeks of guided Earthship building work is happening as we will get this home's exterior walls completely dried in and ready to perform as it should. We’re starting from the ground up so there will be plenty of experience making tire walls, framing, installing windows, roofing, as well as creating the power and water systems, and bottle brick work for non weight bearing walls. During this build participants will learn the in's and out's of Earthship design and construction with experts in the industry, you’ll be guided through the basics of tool use, safety, and Earthship building practices. This is a unique opportunity where you will learn lifelong skills. The site is off grid and very rustic, if you love outdoors you will love this, you will have a place to put your tent or park your vehicle or RV (no hook ups) on the edge of the forest. The entire group will be between 15-30 people at times and we will have health measures in place for the pandemic. Weekday meals and snacks will be catered, and water, outdoor shower use, and plenty of open space for hiking an exploration. Internet and Wi-Fi available on site, movie nights, Q & A panels, specialty classes with host crew and owner insight from Matt and Susan for the build process, permitting etc. The cost is $150/ week or $600 for 4 weeks, this will help cover catered food, 3 meals a day and snacks! If you’re interested contact us and you’ll receive further instructions in a response email with an important form you will be required to fill out, we look forward to working with you! Email [masked] to register, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. Cheers, Robin

Earthship Inspired Home Build in Pueblo, Co

Pueblo County

A professional crew will be leading participants in this initial phase of this build for Matt and Susan, this will be a very educational opportunity, as well as active and fun! After over a year of preparing for this project, we are thrilled to announce that excavation has begun, materials are arriving, and the space is being prepped for the participant crew. The dates for this initial phase of the build are August 10rd thru September 4th. (Meetup has a 2 week limit so I created 2 events.) Four weeks of guided Earthship building work is happening as we will get this home's exterior walls completely dried in and ready to perform as it should. We’re starting from the ground up so there will be plenty of experience making tire walls, framing, installing windows, roofing, as well as creating the power and water systems, and bottle brick work for non weight bearing walls. During this build participants will learn the in's and out's of Earthship design and construction with experts in the industry, you’ll be guided through the basics of tool use, safety, and Earthship building practices. This is a unique opportunity where you will learn lifelong skills. The site is off grid and very rustic, if you love outdoors you will love this, you will have a place to put your tent or park your vehicle or RV (no hook ups) on the edge of the forest. The entire group will be between 15-30 people at times and we will have health measures in place for the pandemic. Weekday meals and snacks will be catered, and water, outdoor shower use, and plenty of open space for hiking an exploration. Internet and Wi-Fi available on site, movie nights, Q & A panels, specialty classes with host crew and owner insight from Matt and Susan for the build process, permitting etc. The cost is $150/ week or $600 for 4 weeks, this will help cover catered food, 3 meals a day and snacks! If you’re interested contact us and you’ll receive further instructions in a response email with an important form you will be required to fill out, we look forward to working with you! Email [masked] to register, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. Cheers, Robin

Past events (72)

Earthship Hotsprings Tour to the Land of Enchantment

Land of Enchantment, Earthship Headquarters, Taos, New Mexico

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