Join Simply Living as we visit the first Earthship east of the Mississippi

Simply Living offers behind the scenes spring trip to Ohio’s premier green living center, home of the first Earthship east of the Mississippi – a house constructed entirely from reclaimed materials.

Simply Living, Central Ohio’s original  cultural force for simplified living, is offering a spring tour to Blue Rock Station farm and homestead, Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m. Simply Living’s fund-and- awareness-raising event, includes a bus tour to Jay and Annie Warmke’s Blue Rock Station. Located just outside of Philo Ohio (from Columbus–about 1.5 hours along a beautiful highway), the farm and homestead features Ohio’s first Earthship, a home designed by architect Michael Reynolds (subject of the documentary GARBAGE WARRIOR). Guests at the day-long event will tour the homestead’s various buildings, all built with re-used materials with designs and uses devoted to sustainable living and organic farming practices. The tour’s highlight will be: High Tea –Blue Rock Station-style.

Since 2004, thousands of Blue Rock Station visitors have toured the Warmke’s “Earthship” home, made from re-claimed materials such as old tires, cans, bottles, and barn wood; watched demonstrations highlighting sustainable living and farming practices; and participated in the building of structures such as straw bale chalets and a green house built with soda bottles. The farm features the raising of happy, healthy home and farm animals.  Blue Rock Station has been featured on OUR OHIO, and MTV Teen Crib (can be viewed online), and the Warmke’s have written several books outlining their practices and philosophies.

 “Ultimately our goal is to demonstrate a series of alternative building techniques, including the Earth-Ship and straw bale structures, all the while learning about ecologically sound farming and living practices,” says Jay Warmke.

The daylong event (a special invitation made by the Warmke’s for Simply Living supporters) includes transportation by bus, a tour of Blue Rock Station, hands-on demonstrations and High Tea. Registration is $50 for Simply Living members and $90 for non-members. There is a suggested donation of $25 per child attending, and a brown-bag lunch is also suggested. Simply living is also excited to offer the opportunity for non-members to become a member of Simply Living that day–The $90 registration fee for the event will include Simply Living’s $35 annual membership fee. The public is welcome and all may register one of three ways: Send an email to registration coordinator Derek Williamson at; call the Simply Living office, 614.447.0390; or, visit Simply Living’s website: to register.

About Simply Living:     

For eighteen years, Central Ohio non-profit Simply Living has been a pioneer in the support of families, organizations and individuals taking personal action for positive change through simply living practices. Simply Living’s learning groups, study courses and social and volunteer events help to create a more compassionate and sustainable world.

About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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