In June of 2017 I had the great privilege to volunteer with Foxhole Homes - a non profit organization located in the Tularosa Basin, New Mexico, with the mission to provide sustainable housing and community for veterans in need.
"The present goal is to build a sustainable research community that will provide housing with little or no utility bills, and offer jobs for veterans utilizing regenerative agricultural practices that will make the land throughout the community more fertile as time goes on.
Inspired by Earthship Biotecture the structures in the community will be designed to meet their own utility needs. We hope to take advantage of the Sustainable Development Test Site Act to explore what is possible and practical in building design and construction. The agriculture will focus on intensive methods, including aquaponics and cutting edge greenhouse designs. Broad acre techniques will utilize perennial food systems to build the fertility of the land over time, and restore groundwater resources. We are pursuing research agreements with several universities and seeking to partner with the National Science Foundation’s Brackish Groundwater Desalinization Research Facility."
Here are some photos of my experience building the Desert Fox 2. Generally speaking this design is akin to an Earthship inspired tiny house that took about a month and six thousand dollars to build. Here are some photos of my experience building the Desert Fox 2. Generally speaking this design is akin to an Earthship inspired tiny house that took about a month and six thousand dollars to build. This building was constructed with: tires tamped with cardboard, earth and gravel; glass bottle bricks; concrete; a ceiling made out of untreated pallets; adobe; and windows and sliding glass doors donated by members of the Alamogordo community. Not only did I get to make my first bottle wall (the cactus) - I also had the great joy of reuniting with my beloved Earthship Academy classmates and work beside volunteers from the local Air Force Base.
I love sharing my energy and expanding my skills with Foxhole Homes because I believe in their mission and commitment to follow through with integrity. Ted Brinegar, co founder of Foxhole Homes and graduate of the Earthship Academy, is paving the way for sustainable development with an openness to experimentation with many different kinds of reasonable and environmentally resourceful construction practices as well as a true open heart committed to helping those in need who have served our country.