Our Story

Our story begins in 2016 with Mr. Ryan Timmermans, then living in South Carolina, purchasing 50 acres in Carson, New Mexico. Since then, we have accomplished many milestones to help homeless veterans and promote eco-friendly living. Click "view full history" to see the events that have gotten us where we are today as well as current achievements.
Sep
2015
GRADUATED FROM THE EARTHSHIP ACADEMY
Taos, New Mexico  —  Sep 28, 2015
Today I'm proud to announce I graduated from the Earthship Academy in preparation for establishing a national nonprofit dedicated to building Earthships and sustainable communities for veterans in need.
Dec
2016
TRAVELING FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO NEW MEXICO
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  —  Dec 27, 2016
A month ago I left South Carolina armed with a signed land purchase contract, my trusty dog Savannah, a newly acquired truck plus a 5th wheel, and my dream to create a working prototype of an off-grid community for homeless, low income, and retired veterans. On the way, I ran over a deer carcass that damaged my 5th wheel, got hit in the parking lot of Walmart, and the sellers real estate agent died, causing the seller to cancel the land purchase contract! However, I am not giving up! This mission is too important for our veterans and our planet. I have made an offer on two separate properties and headed back to Taos, NM January 1st.
Sep
2017
BIRTH OF VETERANS OFF-GRID
Taos, New Mexico  —  Sep 23, 2017
I began the second step in my journey to create an organization dedicated to helping veterans in need of a community. I am proud to announce that Veterans Offgrid is now an active and federally recognized 501c3!
Oct
2017
OUR NEW HOME
Carson, New Mexico  —  Oct 01, 2017
Say hello to Veterans Off-Grid's new home! This gorgeous 50-acre property is on top of a south-facing hill in Carson, New Mexico and is 11 miles from the International Earthship Academy and Gorge Bridge! It will one day be the home and workplace for 40 to 60 veterans in need of a community.
Oct
2017
VOG MENTION IN LIVE TAOS ARTICLE
Taos, New Mexico  —  Oct 25, 2017
"They were made for so much more, is something Ryan Timmermans, a U.S. Army veteran now living in Carson, New Mexico repeatedly says when referring to the millions of combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and battling to re-integrate into civilian life."
Nov
2017
MATERIALS SHED BUILT
Carson, New Mexico  —  Nov 16, 2017
A big thank you to Sam Coad and Rae Potter for their hard work putting up a 14 x 20 shed for Veterans Off-grid! This shed will store donated materials that will later go on to build sustainable housing for veterans in need of a community. Another big thank you to Jan McComas for capturing all that hard work on film! Veterans Off-Grid appreciates all of you awesome people!
Jan
2018
KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE HELPING IN A BIG WAY
Overland Park, Kansas  —  Jan 12, 2018
We are proud to announce that Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas is allowing our Content Manager Colby Carson to get college credit for working with Veterans Off-Grid! Colby, a member of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, will be enrolling in an independent study with a faculty member to further develop leadership skills by managing volunteer contributions to research, communications, and blog writing. Thank you JCCC!
Mar
2018
BUILDING THE ROAD
Carson, New Mexico  —  Mar 24, 2018
Road repair Fridays went exceptionally well, and we made a tremendous amount of progress despite doing it entirely by hand. We have 1 mile of road to repair, and I am so thankful for our volunteers who are making a difference!
Apr
2018
EARTHSHIP GREENHOUSE COMPLETE
Carson, New Mexico  —  Apr 05, 2018
A special thank you to Jan McComas and family for there contributions to the completion of the Earthship greenhouse. We couldn't be more proud of how it turned out. Though a few modifications remain, we will be planting organic, and sustainable, food crops in the very near future!
Jun
2018
SHED FLOOR POUR COMPLETED
Carson, New Mexico  —  Jun 12, 2018
With the help of NeuEarth Biotecture and volunteers, the new shed floor was poured and completed.
Jun
2018
ILLEGAL TIRE DUMP CLEANUP
Taos, New Mexico  —  Jun 30, 2018
Taos County still has problems with illegal tire dumps. Veterans Off-Grid volunteers alongside with Taos County Solid Waste Department organized a tire site clean up day. We took usable tires back to prepare to build the first sustainable house for a homeless veteran.
Jul
2018
COMPOSTING TOILET & OUTDOOR SHOWER FRAME BUILT
Carson, New Mexico  —  Jul 05, 2018
Despite delay from the rain, we worked on getting the composting toilet and outdoor shower frame built, Earthship courtyard tire wall to the 3rd course, and excavated the shed floor for a concrete pour!
Jul
2018
SALESFORCE CORPORATE VISIT
Carson, New Mexico  —  Jul 20, 2018
Salesforce corporate team came to visit VOG to work on our courtyard and our fig, pomegranate, and apple orchard.
Aug
2018
OUTDOOR DINING FRAMING COMPLETE
Carson, New Mexico  —  Aug 22, 2018
We completed the framing for the outdoor multiuse structure for dining, outdoor kitchen, and shade space. This will also help significantly for rainwater collection for agricultural programs to be implemented soon.
Sep
2018
LARGE TIRE DONATION
Carson, New Mexico  —  Sep 01, 2018
VOG received a large tire donation from the Jihadist compound in northern New Mexico to be repurposed to house a homeless veteran in need.
Sep
2018
DREAMS PAVED WITH RECYCLED GLASS
Carson, New Mexico  —  Sep 17, 2018
The partnership with Taos County Solid Waste Department has proven fruitful. We received deliveries of grounded recycled glass to improve the road to Veterans Offgrid.
Oct
2018
SENATOR MARTIN HEINRICH
Taos, New Mexico  —  Oct 23, 2018
Ryan was given the opportunity to talk about Veterans Offgrid with Senator Martin Heinrich, and we’re thankful for his praise and support.
Oct
2018
CONGRESSMAN BEN REY LUJAN
Taos, New Mexico  —  Oct 30, 2018
We secured Congressman Ben Rey Lujan’s support for our great cause. We’re so honored that he stands behind us!
Mar
2019
BOMB CYCLONE
Carson, New Mexico  —  Mar 13, 2019
We faced the Bomb Cyclone that blew over the bathroom and shower structure. Luckily, we were able to put it back up, put stucco the exterior, and cemented the structure to the ground.
Mar
2019
HOOP HOUSE HAS ARRIVED
Carson, New Mexico  —  Mar 20, 2019
The NRCS sponsored HOOP house has arrived to begin our sustainable farming practices that will improve the soil year-over-year. A special thanks to our volunteers Keith and Kerri for helping with this new endeavor!
Apr
2019
EARTHSHIP REMODEL HAS BEGUN
Carson, New Mexico  —  Apr 02, 2019
We’ve begun remodeling the existing Earthship to update the bathroom, flooring, kitchen, electrical, plumbing, and bedroom. We couldn’t be more excited about the outcome!
Apr
2019
CID'S DAY
Carson, New Mexico  —  Apr 06, 2019
3 veterans selling baked goods to raise donations and awareness on the environmental crisis we’re facing alongside the need to give back to those who have sacrificed for us.