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  • Thank you Jay. You were a GREAT instructor! I hope to someday have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
    Scott Hackney, Bright Spot Wind and Solar

  • I definitely walked away empowered technically, but the additional benefit of having a deeper context around the why of solar power, and its significance in our energy evolution. Your passion and commitment to the cause comes through in your delivery of the class, and your willingness to engage each of us, despite a variety of technical levels, really lowered the barrier to effective learning.
    Vince Weseli, Cincinnati, OH

  • That was a very useful and informative class. Your teaching style was excellent. I haven't sat in a class for this long in 35 years. You kept the class interesting and interactive.
    Sugu Suguness, Cincinnati, OH

  • Thank you so much for putting all that knowledge on me. Regardless of test outcome i feel more certain about solarizing...and the message after yours was my AEP bill. I'll take that as a sign to get moving on my plans.
    Nancy Jesser, Columbus, OH

  • Thanks for offering the solar cert I just finished up a 8kW on grid, off grid system for a guy.
    Russell Gabriel, Athens, OH

  • We are very happy that we had chosen your Photovoltaic course in Newark. We learned so much from your course regarding photovoltaic cells , electricity generation, the techniques of installation of panels etc in a very congenial, friendly and laid back atmosphere. Your great input in this field encouraged us to work on a small project at home on small solar cells.
    Satyanarayana Kadim and Rajeshkumar kadim, Athens, OH

  • Jay’s knowledge on solar and related topics, delivered effectively through anecdotal experience and his pragmatic approach, is inspirational. There are very few questions he is unable to answer or provide a reference for. His enthusiasm for our success never waned even when asked the same questions repeatedly. I look forward to attending more of Jay’s classes and know that I’ll come away with more than I paid for.
    Chris Kenney, Cincinnati, OH

  • Jay’s solar power course was a refreshing introduction into the world of photovoltaics. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He provides real-word experience that is thorough and relevant. Jay is well spoken and a gifted communicator. His class provides a solid framework from which to build knowledge and experience.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • From the beginning, Jay measured each student’s background and technical understanding. Our class experience ranged from doctors and engineers to tradesmen and finally students. His material is well-organized and delivered in a way everyone can understand. He provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on instruction, building on each topic in a logical manner.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • I’ve been a technical instructor for almost 20 years and Jay is at the top of the list of the best instructors I’ve witnessed. He engages the class from the beginning and answers the question: "Where we are…how we got there…and where we are heading?” Most importantly, Jay provides the tools and direction for each of us to make it happen.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • Having taken numerous classes, I consider myself an expert on taking numerous classes. Jay Warmke’s warm and thorough approach to the instruction of photo-voltaic installation exceeded my expectations in every way. His patience and perseverance left the entire class feeling as if no question was a stupid question and he complimented the classroom setting with his extremely funny sense of humor. I whole heartedly recommend taking any of his or his wonderful wife Annie’s classes you may be interested in, with no reservations.
    Nick Adams, Columbus, OH

  • It really helped me to re-assess our plan - better determine our household system. Great instructor! Easy to understand, stops and explains whenever needed. Jay is extremely effective and makes learning easy. All I knew beforehand was that I wanted solar, now I know what I want, but more importantly, what I can afford.
    OEFFA Session, Columbus, OH

  • Thank you so much for giving the workshop. My husband and I learned a great deal. We hope to visit Blue Rock again in the future. We came quite a few years ago when you gave a workshop on the solar oven. It was very interesting, you and your wife are doing society a favor by letting us experience and learn how to be practical in this life.
    Ken and Lorene Diehl, Columbus, OH

  • Jay - we have power! Thanks so much for your course - never would have tackled it without your teaching and encouragement. It was a challenge for me in several ways (including wet spring) but am now so happy to be through it! A 2-decade dream come true!
    Louis Iverson, Radnor, OH

  • The day spent at the Akron Zoo workshop was outstanding! Like most adults 50 years old, I have endured too many soul draining seminars and workshops in search of knowledge and enlightenment. Your workshop was awesome! The combination of "tech speak" combined with man on the street explanation was a perfect fit for me. Thank you for an informative, entertaining and valuable workshop.
    Dan Arthur

  • Thank you for the update and thank you for a great class. The class exceeded all my expectations. Learned a lot.
    Jim MacMillan, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • I had a wonderful time at your seminar. I was able to meet like minded people who are enthusiastic about the same issues and doing the same types of sustainable projects. The amount of the information that was given was tremendous. You kept the us entertained and engaged the entire day.
    Matthew Corbett, Cleveland, OH

  • The one-day PV workshop was extremely helpful, although I had almost "zero" knowledge before the workshop. Now, I know what to look out for and what questions to ask. That is an important step forward for me. It also gives me a better way of assessing whether I might want to take the full course next year. Thanks, Jay!
    Andrea Gorzitze

  • Stewart Brand wrote "We are as gods and me might as well get good at it" in the first Whole Earth Catalog. Well Jay is good at it. He has interpreted the technical, governmental and human nature involved in designing solar voltaic systems to be understandable. The first day really sucked me in with Jay's views of the energy business and reinforced my thoughts on the topic. His teaching method was spot on with this complicated subject. Jay broke each section down so it could be understood. He would often digress into some humorous stories that often had me laughing. Solar technology is changing rapidly and Jay gave us many ways to keep up with it. The price of the class will be paid back many times over the next few years.
    Jon Branstrator, Clarksville, OH

  • Just wanted to say you're the best teacher I have ever had and that just the experience I had in your class and the things I learned from you will carry on in my life. Thanks allot and I am so happy I got to meet you. Thanks again and I will keep in contact.
    Robert Anderson, Wooster, OH

  • Thank-you very much for the wonderful workshop last week. It was well worth the time and money. You are a wonderful teacher and did a great job packing in a ton of content.
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • I appreciated you keeping us on track and working in the hands-on activities to solidify the book and classroom instruction. That was a perfectly designed learning lab for me!
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • This training was one of the best theory and hands on training I have ever received an as a result I have built my second 10KW solar generator based on the instructions I received.
    James Mosley Jr, Ft. Campbell, KY

  • I also have to give a huge hearty YES to the PV Certification Training workshop Jay teaches--I came away with so much know how and information--and it is the same when I am at Blue Rock for a workshop, a cup of tea, or a tour!
    Sheryl Billman, Grafton, OH

  • The course certainly does what was advertised. I now know how to design almost any PV system.
    Christian Collett, Wilmington, OH

  • Again, I cannot say enough good things about the class! Great material, well taught, all around an experience I'll never forget!
    Chris Reznick, Flint, MI

  • I went into your course not knowing how to strip a wire or the difference between voltage and current. Now I'm wiring inverters, running strings of power optimizers, doing site audits, bending conduit to connect arrays, and of course annoyingly banging away on peoples roofs to find rafters to install the racking system.
    Ryan Conley, Maryland

  • I am particularly impressed by the method of delivery of the course content by the instructor and the guest instructor. The methodology of delivery of the course content was captivating and even flawless as topics that appear new were broken down and made simple for better understanding.
    Okhaigbe Fatairu, Abuja, Nigeria

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Earthship and Sustainable Farm Tour (Please RSVP)
Saturday, July 29 2017, 1:00pm - 3:30pm


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Join Annie and Jay for a guided tour of Blue Rock Station. The Warmkes are happy to periodically open their farm for a glimpse of how their version of sustainable living works.  This is a tour of a private farm so some places may be off limits.

Visitors will view some of the buildings made with rammed-earth tires, straw bales and earth plaster.  There are a total of 18 buildings that can potentially be a part of the tour.  After a short walk down the lane visitors will be invited to visit the sun room and living room of the first Earthship east of the Mississippi.

Depending on the weather, time will be given for discussion of ideas and questions.  Children are always welcome, unless otherwise noted but please keep in mind that this is an adult tour.  Please bring something for young children to do since adults will be talking about lots of things that might not be interesting to children.

Reservations and pre-payment are required.  Private tours can be scheduled for visitors with more specific questions about their personal building projects.

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone (740) 674-4300 for more details.

Earthship & Sustainability Tours:

Re-thinking is the first step in a journey to create a sustainable living way of life.  Take a  tour of the common rooms of the 2,200 square foot house  that utilizes tires, cans, old barn wood, bottles, straw bales and mud to form a home that is heated by the sun, earth and wood.

Enjoy a proper cup of tea, then spend some time chatting about the latest trends in sustainability - or the realities of living sustainably in a consumer-oriented culture.

Open day tour fees are $10 per person (infants and toddlers under 5 are free).  Tours take about 2 1/2 hours (sometimes longer if there are lots of questions) and include refreshments.  Tours begin promptly at 1 p.m.

Open day tours are limited to 25 people (we can handle larger groups for a private group tour).  Please RSVP to ensure you will be able to go on the tour.  In 2014, 2015 and 2016 nearly every tour sold out prior to the day of the tour.

2017 Open Days:

  • Jan 7th (Winter Tour)
  • April 8th
  • May 13th (Mother's Day Weekend)
  • June 17th (Father's Day Weekend)
  • July 29th
  • August 12th
  • September 9th
  • October 7th
  • November 11th (Final Tour)

Register for your tour, today!

(or call us at 740-674-4300)

Ensure your spot by registering below*

$10 per person (children 5 and under free)


Tour Date

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)

We will...

  • Tour the Earthship - a 2,200 sq. ft. home made 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”.  This building houses our rare breed chickens (you may even get a chance to feed them).  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)
  • 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 - an amazing wood heater that incorporates a pizza oven, a sleeping bench and an under-floor radiant heat system into this inexpensive and very effective heating system.
  • Learn about rare breed chickens.  We will discuss the changes in agriculture in America that have lead to the near extinction of most of the most common and popular farm animals of our recent past.
  • Meet the goats and their kids, our milk goats - and discuss homestead milk production, making cheese, yogurt and other healthy and natural products.
  • Check out the rain garden.
  • Say hello to the llamas and check out the innovative "llama lounge".
  • 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.
  • Learn a bit about natural gardening.  We are exploring a number of creative (and common sense) ways of gardening here at  Blue Rock Station.  Learn to work with nature, not against it.  Also, discover how we keep our plants growing year-round in our wetlands and pop-bottle greenhouse.
  • 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... or whatever other else takes our fancy that we happen to be doing at the time.
  • Mostly you will just enjoy the tranquil peace and good-natured feel of Blue Rock Station.
  • NEW IN 2016:  30 foot wind turbine tower and the tiny house project

Reservations are necessary but if you have questions about your visit or the size of your group please give us a call  at (740) 674-4300, e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Location : Blue Rock Station, 1190 Virginia Ridge Road, Philo, OH 43771
Contact : Annie Warmke, 740-674-4300 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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