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off the grid on the high desert West Mesa between Taos and Carson, NM building various sustainable structures using thermal mass, passive solar, rainwater collection, upcycled materials and eco-friendly, carbon neutral construction practices.
I’ve surrounded myself with cool people who are super fun with hearts full of joy and zero hate. Is that you? You’re welcome here. Come on by. Glad to have you.
- two schoolies, large bus has wood burning stove, propane stove & oven; small bus has a bed and a small stove
- a small vintage camper we are going to adobe in as a permanent structure
- composting toilet out house
- solar power
- camping shower in a makeshift shower house which isn't great (options available for cheap showers in Taos)
- room for car / RV / drop campers
- couple sheds
- root cellar
- pit garden
- herb garden
- rainwater collection for plants
- water hauled in from West Rim community well
Currently building a chicken coop.
Next: earthworks to prevent runoff and force monsoon rains and snow melt to soak in. The main road and my original driveway become mud pits fast, so I'm building channels to direct water to my lowest spot where I'm digging up dirt I need to build while creating a seasonal pond. Swales will start on the high contours with pioneer plants that will become fertile, shaded environments 6-7 years from now.
Then: hyper adobe, aircrete infused with shredded styrofoam, Earthship-inspired "simple survival" builds and biodiesel projects that'll all run concurrently, making a tiny home, a cistern & shower house, a wallapini, a workshop, and fuel. Growing food, expanding livestock facilities, expanding chicken flock, adding goats, building additional living quarters, better insulating & equipping buses. At some point we HAVE to build a hot tub. It's inevitable.
The main rule is we don't want any "trash". Everything needs to be responsibly composted or integrated into the build in a sustainable way. Scavenged and upcycled building materials are preferred.
This is the high desert – about 7,200 feet in elevation. Please plan accordingly and dress for rapidly changing weather. If you're not used to the altitude, it can take a couple weeks to fully adjust.
It's a dry heat. Monsoon season is July-September. Sometimes it rains five minutes, sometimes for several days. Car camping is still comfortable in October. Snow happens occasionally in Oct, but definitely Nov - March. As snow melts, we'll be pulling up sagebrush by the roots to make way for native grasses, flowers and herbs.
- you MUST carry water bottles / jugs with you. No single use containers, please.
- blissware (bowl / container with lid, utensils, cup)
- a sun hat
- bandannas to cover nose / mouth during dust storms
- 4x4 or AWD vehicle or a ride in
The property is VERY off the grid. They are dirt/mud roads and they are BAD. You will either need to have a vehicle with high clearance or arrange for me or somebody to pick you up at the entrance to the neighborhood, where there is parking available.
Santa Fe Airport (SAF) 1.5 hr drive
Albuquerque Intl (ABQ) 2.5 hrs
Taos Regional (very limited flights)
Train & Bus:
– New Mexico Rail Runner from ABQ to Santa Fe (very inexpensive)
– Ride the Blue Bus from Santa Fe to & around Taos (FREE)
People are coming and going, so lemme know what dates you're looking at so we can make sure we have a spot for you. If you wanna video chat sometime that'd be cool.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendreAide avec des éco-projetsJardinageBricolage et projets de constructionAide à la maisonEntretien général
Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
You can learn how to be self-sufficient and live off the grid without having to spend a lot of money. The native people have been living in a pueblo nearby for thousands of years - it is the oldest continuously lived in community in North America - and have a wealth of knowledge about farming techniques and every aspect of life.
We have several concurrent projects involving gardening, permaculture and eco-friendly, carbon neutral construction
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
I took seven and a half years of French in school. I can read some and understand a little but speak next to none. I would give anything for a babble fish, because I would like to instantly speak and understand all languages.
We currently have several school buses and campers and will be building more structures to house people. We will provide water and at least one meal a day.
We are surrounded by beautiful mountains and hot springs. The Rio Grande River is 5 mi away and offers Whitewater rafting, swimming, and fishing. Our neighbor to the north is the Carson National Forest. Earthship headquarters is a couple miles away. Taos ski valley is 30 minutes away and is referred to as the snowboarding capital of the world. There's a free bus from Taos to Santa Fe. Taos has tourists but the west mesa is the wild west. It's fun.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads
I have solar power and Starlink internet which is very fast and reliable. The Wi-Fi covers the whole property. Starting next year, Starlink will provide T-Mobile signals as well. Cell coverage is currently spotty, but available in most areas.
Espace pour garer des vans
The last couple miles of roads are not great. They are dirt and caliche so during monsoon season they are muddy, and during winter they can have ice and snow. Four-wheel drive vehicles are preferred but on a good day a regular sedan can get in and out okay if you drive slow.
Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux
The property is partially fenced but not yet dog-proof. Completing the fence is on the to do list. Random neighbor dogs wander in and out and are friendly but you've gotta watch your food and recycling or they'll get it. All dogs MUST be properly socialized to humans and other dogs, leash-trained and dog park friendly.
Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?
Plus de 2
Nombre d'heures attendues
15 hours/week- no food, 25 hours/week- all food