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After spending the winter travelling with our children in our waste vegetable van, we are now back working on our earthship.  We started in 2009 and have taken chunks of time to kayak, ski, travel and work.  The earthship is closed up and the interior bottle walls complete. The planters are formed and tire packout almost complete.  2012 will be all about plumbing, electrical and earthen floors!

We  are a busy family of five and our passions are kayaking, 4-H, cross country skiing (skating), music and travelling!

About Chris Newton

I’m Chris and I am writing my earthship construction blog to track our building efforts as we proceed. Hopefully, other people interested in building earthships will find our adventure useful. I am an engineer and have been designing and building log homes for the last ten years. So, I have a construction background, but no prior experience with earthships. I have always been interested in sustainable housing, and reading Mike Reynold’s books was like a call to action. I am married to Sandra Burkholder (co-author of this blog), and we have three children. Contact me at chris@darfieldearthship.com if something I’ve written catches your attention!

About Sandra Burkholder

I’m married to Chris and we have three children and a way too busy life!  We have been living in a really small house since the end of 2007 when we sold our home at the peak of the real estate boom.

Chris rented the documentary “The Garbage Warrior” in the spring of 2008 and was sold on the earthship concept from the beginning.   It took me a while to get on board this ship, because I had a lot of questions (including why, why, is it called an eathship????).  Thankfully, I manged to get past the  name and we are now paddling the same boat!

I trained as a journalist, but worked in health care public relations for 13 years before we operated a log home business for 10 years.  We recently slowed down our work to spend time with our children, and to finally build a home for ourselves.  We wanted the time to enjoy the process and to do as much of the work ourselves as we could.

We started building in the spring of 2009 and the contruction process led us to many, many new friendships with some wild and kooky people.  It’s nice to know we are not alone in the world!

If you have any questions about our journey, feel free to contact me at sandra@darfieldearthship.com.

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