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Field Trip - Blue Rock Station

From September 06, 2018 10:30 am until September 06, 2018 12:30 pm
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Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd.
Philo, Ohio 43771

Thursday, September 6, 2018

10:30 am -12:30 pm (Lunch and compositing presentation at 12:00)

Cost: QDA student free

          Adults/Non-QDA student- $10.00

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 - the 2,200 sq. ft. homemade 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”. 

Check out the straw bale sleeping cabins (with living roofs)

See the various innovative water collection systems.

Take a look at the plastic bottle greenhouse, made of over 1,000 2-liter plastic pop bottles.

See the solar shower (heated by the sun and powered by gravity)

Marvel at the rocket stove effective heating system.

Learn about rare breed chickens. 

Meet the goats and their kids, our milk goats

Check out the rain garden.

Say hello to the llamas and check out the innovative "llama lounge".

The "under $5,000" Tiny House project

See our solar array (new in 2014) that provides electric power to Blue Rock Station.

Explore how inexpensive solar generators can get you through those annoying (and potentially dangerous) periodic power outages.

The Wind Turbine Tower (new in 2016)

The Japanese Hot Tub, Solar Thermal System (new in 2016)

Learn a bit about natural gardening. 

Rediscover or see for the first time some neat, good old common-sense stuff like composting, cooking in a solar oven, weaving fences from brush, making maple syrup.


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