Marcus Sisk's Gallatin Simple Survival Earthship

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Build Project Description

We are building a Simple Survival model Earthship in rural Gallatin, TN. The building is about halfway complete, and we plan to finish it up by this Summer 2013. it is going to serve as a home and office for myself, as well as open to hosting couch surfers, or travelers of any kind. I want it to remain a place where people can come to learn about earthships even long after I am moved in. Also on site is a Tumbleweed Tiny House which is nearly complete. We have a good camping infrastructure and plenty of space for guest campers.

Structure of My Build Project

Individual Builder (ie: Personal Home or Structure)

Building Styles Integrated

Rammed Earth
Earthship/used tires
Recycled Materials
Local Materials
Bottle Wall
Can wall

Sustainable Systems Integrated

Solar Power
Rain Water Collection
Wind Power
Sustainable Appliances
Cob Oven
Grey-water re-use system
Food system integration
Indoor plumbing
Passive Solar Hot Water
Passive Solar Design
Constructed Wetlands Botanical Cells

Build Project Facilities

We have an outhouse on site. We have several solar bag showers, a good kitchen area, and we're right beside my parents house for any kind of emergency situations.

Activities near the Build Project

There is a huge mushroom farm run by friends of mine right down the road with tons of extra space for hanging out, sleeping, partying, and a climbing wall!

What to Expect about Food

We will provide the food
We can provide meals each day for $10 per person, per day.

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Current Building Status


Type of Build Project

New Structure

Projected Start and End Dates

5 Mar 2013 to 1 Sep 2013

Previous Building Experience

I have participated in builds with the Earthship crew in Wyoming, Guatemala, and Taos, NM. I also studied at the Earthship Biotecture Academy. I have learned a lot about the techniques used in Earthship construction and the rationale behind them.

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Type of Volunteer Being Looked for

Anyone who wants to learn how to build Earthships!

Where you will be Sleeping

Volunteers will sleep either on site in tents, or in the barn of the farm down the road.

How much Notice Needed Prior to Hosting

5 days

The Number of POOSHers Desired

10 POOSHers


Emily McIntosh's picture


Did you finish your Survival Earthship? Do you still need help?

Emily and Nate
Bert McDert's picture

Howdy! I'm taking some building and design courses this year, and would love to get my hands dirty on your project before all the fun's been had. Will check in when I'm going to be available, or if there's a particular phase y'all could really use help with, you can let me know when that'll be and maybe that'll be one of my available times. 
Wayne Goldbach's picture

I will be in the area this May. Would love to see your earthship. Potentially building similar building in the Adirondacks, in upstate NY.

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