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My Visit to Blue Rock Station...

  • Thank you for opening up your home and for the amazing tour. It was one of the highlights of our summer vacation!
    Vanessa Hansen

  • I wanted to linger ( for a couple of WEEKS ) and 'pick yer Brains'
    Bill Brown

  • Many thanks to you both for a wonderful visit to your amazing project-experiment-home! It was fascinating.
    Jenny Saboley

  • I wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful day at Blue Rock!! It was a great way to "close the circle" of a fabulous 2,5 months in the US.
    Alice Henderson

  • Hey I just wanted to thank you guys for a wonderful birthday :-) I learned so much from you about the flexibility of biotecture and natural building.
    Dale Ziemianski

  • It is a wonderful thing you folks are doing! A living workshop! It was quite a nice afternoon, and your hospitality was unsurpassed. You made everyone feel welcome, and taught us all a few things along the way!
    Dave and Nancy Kosewick

  • Thanks Annie, for opening your heart & home, esp. for my dad, in light of my absentmindedness and forgetting his tent. Sheesh! where was my head at. And you did all this whilst in the midst of a little weather crisis.
    Tom Wehner

  • You have built a very beautiful home and farm with much love and care. The environment that you and Jay created was very welcoming and safe.
    Abby Miller

  • You have influenced the direction of the project my husband and I are undertaking in such a beautiful and natural way I think you will be pleased with your influence or inspiration
    Shannon Cox

  • I want to thank YOU for allowing me to spend the holiday with you both. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned more great information from both of you.
    Shannon Cox

  • I think that staying with you guys definitely put us on the right track and helped us be more confident about what we're doing.
    Alex and Ange

  • Thank you both very much. I absolutely love what you all are doing, and your sense of humor!
    Susan, Dallas

  • You guys are REAL Pioneers & certainly need to be recognized for the Courageous Efforts you have put forth
    Bill Brown

  • I really enjoyed the weekend we spent with you and I learned a lot. I think what you guys are doing is great, and what makes it even better is that you reach out and share it with other people.
    George Moresea, University of Dayton

  • Visiting the station and talking with Jay answered many questions for me and brought great ideas as well. I know I'll have many more questions but I feel inspired. Thanks for sharing your home, your knowledge and your love of living green!
    Donna Malus

  • Annie is a great source of inspiration for our students at the University of Dayton. Her story resonates with people who want to make a difference in the world and who want to work for social and environmental justice around the globe.
    Malcolm Daniels

  • The way you and Jay live your life is one of the most inspiring things I have ever encountered.
    Paige Lazar

  • The tour was fantastic - instructive & inspiring. The Solar Generator book is well writen & easy to read. Thanks again
    Mary Murphy

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

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While working on an Earthship project in Scotland, we wandered across the beginnings of an interesting little greenhouse made of 2-liter soda bottles.  This got us thinking about the possibilities of using them as construction material here at Blue Rock Station.

Our first prototype was constructed using metal 2x4s - so we could literally pick it up and move it around (and allow school groups to assemble and disassemble it).  But the wind also soon discovered that it could move it around as well - so we found it spread across the pasture one morning after a particularly severe storm.

We decided the building needed to stay put - so we constructed a pounded tire foundation and decided to do this thing properly.  With the help of the Clark Montessori School (from Cincinnati, OH) we built this 12 x 12 foot greenhouse over a rather muddy weekend. We later added a small potting area extension.

The complete construction details are available in our book - Building a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse.

Building a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse:

Learn to construct this nifty little greenhouse using about 1,000 2-liter soda bottles.  Detailed plans are included.

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