Tour the Darfield Earthship May 30 and 31, 2015

Tours of the first permitted earthship in B.C., as well as its Zone 1 food forest and permaculture features

The Darfield Earthship will be hosting  two-hour tours showing the inside of the first permitted earthship in B.C.

The Darfield Earthship will be hosting  two-hour tours showing the inside of the first permitted earthship in B.C.

After two days of sold-out tours last fall, the Newton and Burkholder family of Darfield is opening its earthship doors to the public again in May.  On May 30 and 31 the Darfield Earthship will be hosting  two-hour tours of the inside of the first permitted earthship in B.C., as well as showing off its Zone 1 food forest and other permaculture features on the site.

Darfield is located 15 kms north of Barriere, on the Yellowhead Highway.

Due to this year’s early spring, the family says they have been spurred on to increase the growing areas in front of the earthship – a sustainable home made from used tires and pop cans.

One can already see garlic and other early plants have sprouted up in the hugelkultur, a type of composting mound gardening technique.  Oregano, peas and wildflowers have been seeded into the berm of the building to improve the soil, control weeds, encourage bee visitation and to provide more colour to the landscape.

Sandra Burkholder says her hip replacement in mid-March slowed some projects down, including the start of several bee hives on the property, but this project has been shelved until next year.

Inside the alternative home, Chris Newton has been implementing monitoring systems to assess current on-grid usage with an eye to phasing in solar or other alternative energy sources in the next few years.  He says that a solar hot water system will be the first project over the upcoming summer.

Newton has also been teaching online robotics courses for B.C. high school credits, and a few of his students have been integrating technology in projects to save energy and to monitor  soil temperature and moisture to encourage optimum plant growth.

Burkholder says summer projects at the earthship may include starting the garden pergola, applying the colour plaster to all interior cob walls, and beginning to set up the interior greenhouse and growing areas.

You can find more information about The Darfield Earthship at their Facebook page: The Darfield Earthship, or go to;

Tickets to the May 30 and 31st tours are available online at Brown Paper Tickets

For more information you can email, or call 250-672-2420, or see The Darfield Earthship ad on page 11.


Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

(TNRD Library)
Let the mystery of the Summer Reading Club begin

Are you ready to ‘Crack the Case’ at the Barriere Library?

(Metro Creative photo)
Gardeners of all ages invited to enter 2021 NT Fall Fair contests

The North Thompson Fall Fair Drive Thru scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4,… Continue reading

Milsom Lodge was built in the East Barriere Valley when the Milsom brothers purchased two parcels of land in 1911, DL 2323 and DL2324. (Milsom’s photo)
The Milsom Lodge: The mansion, the ballroom, the history

“At the turn of the century, when so many families were leaving… Continue reading

Ladies Golf close enough for a cheery wave

A new month - new COVID rules - a new start. For… Continue reading

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read